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OPINION: For two years in a row, Annapolis blunders on school construction

The following is an op-ed piece from Fifth District Councilman David Marks. It’s Groundhog Day all over again. Baltimore County, like every other jurisdiction, has a long list of school construction projects. In my district, we desperately need to build the new northeastern middle and elementary schools, as well as the addition at Pine Grove Middle School. For two years …


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Henn, Marks write letter asking Governor Hogan to support Built to Learn Act

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Among the many other economic impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic, it was revealed last week that construction funding for the proposed new northeast Baltimore County school projects was now uncertain due to budget constraints. Last Tuesday night, the Baltimore County School Board approved a contract modification that authorizes the school system to purchase new technology for projects including …


Construction funding for new northeast Baltimore County schools uncertain due to COVID-19

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Construction funding for the proposed new schools in northeastern Baltimore County is now uncertain due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday night, the Baltimore County School Board approved a contract modification that authorizes the school system to purchase new technology for projects including the new northeast elementary school at Ridge Road and the new northeast middle school. That …

Maryland General Assembly passes Built to Learn Act

ANNAPOLIS, MD—On Tuesday, the Maryland General Assembly passed HB1, the so-called “Built to Learn Act.” The bill will invest an additional $2.2 billion into school construction prioritizing schools with the oldest buildings and schools with a high number of classroom trailers. HB-1 includes three northeastern Baltimore County school projects; a new elementary school in Rosedale, a new middle school at …

Local leaders pen letter of support for Built to Learn Act

TOWSON, MD—Local elected officials have written a letter supporting the passage of the Built to Learn Act. The letter is similar to one that was sent last year. County Council members will be sending the letter to the Budget and Taxation Committee Chair and Vice Chair, as well as the to the Baltimore County Senate and House delegations. “The legislature’s …

Marks, Henn applaud passage of Built to Learn Act

UPDATE: The Maryland General Assembly has passed the Built to Learn ActMaryland General Assembly has passed the Built to Learn Act. Original story below… ——— NOTTINGHAM, MD—On Friday, the Maryland House of Delegates passed HB1 the “Built to Learn Act.” This bill will invest an additional $2.2 billion into school construction prioritizing schools with the oldest buildings and schools with …

Olszewski issues testimony in support of school construction funding in Annapolis

TOWSON, MD—County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Thursday testified before state leaders in Annapolis in support of HB 1—Built to Learn Act, legislation that would provide much-needed, state school construction funding. Baltimore County has funded $242 million in shovel-ready school construction projects. These projects cannot move forward without increased state investment and additional needs remain, including several Baltimore County high schools. …

Baltimore County Board of Education endorses Built to Learn Act and Kirwan Commission recommendations

TOWSON, MD—The Board of Education of Baltimore County passed resolutions at its January 21 meeting to endorse the Built to Learn Act and the Kirwan Commission’s proposed funding and policy reforms. “The Baltimore County School Board’s Legislative and Governmental Relations Committee,working with our staff liaison, Tony Baysmore, has exhaustively examined both the Built to Learn bill and the Blueprint for …