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County Executive Calls on Governor to Release School Construction Funding

With several Baltimore County schools closed today due to excessive heat, County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced that he has identified up to $16 million in matching funds for air conditioning and heating units in county schools that do not have air conditioning.

These funds will be matched by $13.4 million in state funding awarded by the Maryland Interagency Commission on School Construction’s Healthy School Facility Fund.

Olszewski Calls on Governor Hogan to Release Funding

Although Baltimore County will move forward with these temporary air conditioning units, Olszewski called on Governor Hogan to release the $127 million in school construction funding that he has withheld.

“Baltimore County is grateful for the state’s partnership and is ready to invest in these solutions for our children, families, and educators. However, while we are ready to act now, our students deserve long-term solutions, not quick fixes,” Olszewski said.“We again call on Governor Hogan to release severely needed school construction funds so every child in every community can have the safe, nurturing learning environment they deserve.”

At least two of the schools that will receive funds for air conditioning units from the Healthy School Facility Fund, including Bedford Elementary School and Lansdowne High school, are scheduled to be torn down and replaced in the coming years.

Funding Details

During the 2019 legislative session, the General Assembly identified $127 million in FY2020 funds to help local jurisdictions address aging school infrastructure. However, Governor Hogan has refused to release this significantly needed funding.

Baltimore County’s share of these state funds would help the County move forward with Schools for Our Future, a program delayed because of the State’s funding timeline. Baltimore County has eight more projects to complete under the Schools for our Future program. Additionally, in preparation for future high school projects, Baltimore County has included $15 million for planning and design at Lansdowne High School and recently committed planning funds for both Towson and Dulaney High Schools.

Projects funded with the Healthy School Facility Fund and the county’s matching funds are estimated to be complete by spring of 2021. The schools that will receive air conditioning units are: Bedford Elementary School, Catonsville Center for Alternative Studies, Dulaney High School, Eastern Technical High School, Lansdowne High School, and Western School of Technology/Science. Hampton Elementary School will get a boiler replacement.

Numerous Locations in Baltimore County Offer Excellent Options to Help 'Beat the Heat'

Temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees and higher over the next several days and Baltimore County has several “cooling centers” with access to water and bathrooms that offer relief from the heat.

Public Libraries

Nineteen convenient branches of the Baltimore County Public Library are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Residents can cool off while reading a book or enjoying scheduled events at a branch in their community. Visit the Baltimore County Public Library website to get more information on the library branch nearest you or call 410-887-6100.

Senior Centers

Baltimore County Senior Centers are also open to the public, regardless of age. Most locations are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents who visit these locations to get relief from the heat can watch TV, read a book, or sit and relax. Visit the Department of Aging website for information on their 20 Senior Centers or call their Senior Center Information and Assistance line at 410-887-2594.

Other Options to Keep Cool

Other places you can go to cool off in Baltimore County include:

  • Community centers
  • Churches
  • Malls
  • Movie theaters
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Or the home of a neighbor, relative or friend with air conditioning

“Residents need to know that the County has plenty of resources available where they can go to get cool,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services. “From libraries and senior centers to churches, movie theaters and malls, there is a place in every community where residents can get relief from the heat, and everyone without air conditioning is urged to use them.”

Hot Weather Tips

Keep yourself and your family healthy and safe in the summer heat by adhering to the following hot weather tips:

  • Never leave a child or pet in an unattended car!
  • Check on elderly or chronically ill family members, friends and neighbors.
  • Stay hydrated with water or fruit juices. Also, provide your pet with plenty of water and proper shelter.
  • Limit outdoor activity when the temperatures and humidity are extremely high.
  • Use sunscreen and reapply often when spending time outdoors.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing, a hat and sunglasses when outdoors.
  • Visit a cooling Center in Baltimore County or consider visiting family, friends or an air-conditioned public building.

Show airs on Cable Channel 25 and online

The latest edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” focuses on Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’ s goals for this year’s General Assembly session, an  uptick in the number of pedestrian crashes in the County and the importance of starting early with good oral hygiene.

ICYMI – In case you missed it, we review some recent headlines from your County government.

Pedestrian Safety – Nearly every day someone is struck by a vehicle in Baltimore County! Learn how to stay safe.

Annapolis Update — Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz shares his top priorities for this year’s General Assembly session.

Children’s Dental Health — Find out how the County’s Health Department could help you keep your child’s smile healthy and bright.

To view streaming video of the full show, go to the Hello Baltimore County page at . Click on the menu icon in the upper left of the video screen to select an individual segment.

In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, in Baltimore County, at the following times:

Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m.

Tuesdays: 12 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m.

Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.

Thursdays: 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.

Saturdays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Sundays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.                                                

Revised September 11, 2017