State Approves School Funding Projects That Were Already on Books
While the Anne Arundel County Council crunches the numbers and tries to figure out how much money will be allocated for school construction in FY 2012-2013 and beyond, several projects on Anne Arundel County Public School’s (AACPS) — Construction Improvement Plan (CIP) will get significant state monies to help offset 17 upgrade- or improvement- projects.
Funding for the County’s CIP forecast to 2016 remains a question before the County Council—this means that the fate of Edgewater Elementary and Shady Side Elementary is unknown at this time.
Back in December of 2011, the Maryland Interagency Committee on School Construction sent the Maryland Board of Public Works, Public School Construction Program a wish list of sorts, requesting funding for school construction projects for 23 Maryland counties. In total, the committee asked for $187 million for 131 projects on behalf of local schools.
Anne Arundel schools requested funding for 24 projects. The state agency granted funding for 17 projects, including all three requests for South County schools. [These projects were also party of County Executive John Leopold's proposed budget submitted to the Council in April.]
The projects the state approved include:
- Deale Elementary School to replace the entire roof, including built-up roof, metal roof and corrugated roof. Total cost: $1.55 million; Local funds: $865,000; State funds: $690,000.
- Central Middle School renovation of open space classrooms into conventional classrooms, including upgrades to the library. Total cost: $6.12 million; Local funds: $3.65 million; State funds: $2.46 million.
- Lothian Elementary School funds for a replacement school on the same site. Total cost: $32.7 million; Local funds: $26.8 million; State funds: TBD.
Out of a capital budget request for Anne Arundel County Public Schools of $42 million, $19.8 million in state funding was granted. Anne Arundel County Public Schools is obligated to pay at least 50 percent in local cost sharing.