TOWSON, MD—County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Monday was joined by House Speaker Adrienne Jones, Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Darryl Williams, and Baltimore County Council Chairman Julian Jones to announce $70 million in new investments in school construction for Fiscal Year 2023.
Standing inside of Scotts Branch Elementary School, Olszewski announced that the school would be rebuilt from the ground up—a shift from previous plans to renovate the school. This new, state-of-the-art Windsor Mill facility will be funded by $49 million, including approximately $21.5 million in Baltimore County funds and $27.9 million from the state.
In addition, Olszewski announced that his capital budget will include $19 million for the design stage for a new Dulaney High School and a like-new Towson High School.
“Baltimore County children and educators need and deserve safe and modern school facilities, which is why we are investing historic resources to fulfill this promise,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “I’m grateful to House Speaker Adrienne Jones and all our state legislators whose partnership and shared commitment on this critical issue is allowing Baltimore County to raise the bar for school construction investments across all of our communities.”
“Every student deserves the best possible school, with the best possible educational outcomes –regardless of their zip code,” said House Speaker Adrienne Jones. “This historic investment, combined with the state’s record funding for better technology, higher teacher salaries, more creative curriculum and programming, will provide every student in Baltimore County and students across the state with the opportunity to succeed. Together, we are upholding our commitment to building state-of-the-art facilities for Maryland’s students and making our schools the best in the nation.”
“The projects announced today by the County Executive will help BCPS provide safe and nurturing centers of learning for every stage of our students’ academic growth,” said Superintendent Darryl Williams. “Not only will they address the need for more seats in our growing school system, they will give students, their families, and their communities’ state-of-the-art learning hubs and meeting and athletic facilities for years to come. We are grateful for the support and commitment of our state and county leaders.”
This year’s new capital investments for schools include:
- A replacement school for Scotts Branch Elementary
- A replacement school for Red House Run Elementary
- A Pine Grove Middle School addition
- A Dundalk High School addition
- Design funds for solutions to high school overcrowding in the Northeast and Southeast areas of the County
- Design funds for a like-new Towson High School
- Design funds for a new Dulaney High School
- Planning funds to expand career and technical education (CTE) in the Northwest area
These investments are on top of previously funded projects that continue to move forward, such as a new Lansdowne High School, Summit Park Elementary School, Rossville Elementary, Bedford Elementary, Northeast Middle School, and a new Deer Park Elementary School, which will be the County’s first net-zero school.
The upcoming school rebuilds and renovations are part of Baltimore County’s Multiyear Improvement Plan for All Schools (MYIPAS), a $2.5 billion plan to improve every school in Baltimore County over 15 years. MYIPAS creates a timeline for eliminating the need for trailers within a decade—ensuring every student has a seat inside the school building. Additionally, the plan includes hundreds of millions of dollars in new investments in CTE, STEAM education, special and alternative schools and community schools, which provide essential wraparound services.