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Phase One of 10-Year Capital Plan Includes Recommendations for Equitable Allocation of School Construction Dollars

Baltimore County and Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) today released the recommendations from the first phase (PDF) of the Multi-Year Improvement Plan for All Schools (MYIPAS).

MYIPAS is a 10-year capital planning process that will identify and prioritize needed improvements to Baltimore County’s school infrastructure. The first phase focused on high schools. The second phase, focusing on all remaining schools, centers, and programs, is scheduled to be complete in May 2021. A final report is expected by fall 2021.

“Every student in Baltimore County, regardless of their zip code, deserves access to a safe, modern school facility that meets the needs of their community,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “With aging infrastructure and a growing population, we have significant needs at the high school level, and these initial recommendations will serve as a critical resource as we work to ensure equitable allocation of resources throughout the County.”

“We appreciate the efforts of Baltimore County Government in delivering these recommendations. It is incumbent on the Board to carefully evaluate recommendations and next steps given the tremendous facility needs throughout the county and the current economic crisis due to the global pandemic,” said Kathleen Causey, chair of the Board of Education of Baltimore County. “These are challenging times, but it is essential that we continue to move forward with facility improvements.”

“We view the development of this plan as an important step forward on the path toward ensuring that all of our school buildings offer the type of physical environment most conducive for teaching and learning,” said Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams.

Developing Recommendations

The initial recommendations were developed by consultants from CannonDesign, a national architecture and planning company that has led over 1,300 education facility projects across the country, including over 200 education master plans.

CannonDesign took a detailed look at the County’s high school buildings with a focus on educational adequacy and equity, facility conditions, and capacity utilization. In addition, stakeholders were offered an opportunity to provide input in July through an online survey, which received more than 22,000 responses.

Using their findings, CannonDesign developed recommendations for how Baltimore County should prioritize its resources for high school construction, with those facilities and communities with greater need receiving higher prioritization.

Meeting the Needs of Students

The County is projected to have approximately 1,700 more students than seats in its high schools over the next decade, and the consultants found that the County has approximately $1.2 billion worth of capital needs at the high school level. If recent state funding trends continue, it would take 27 years to address all of the County’s high school needs.

The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future (HB 1), which passed the General Assembly with overwhelming support but was vetoed by Governor Larry Hogan, would have allowed the County to meet the needs of its high school students in an estimated 15 years. County Executive Olszewski has urged the General Assembly to override Governor Hogan’s veto.

More information about MYIPAS is available here.


Survey and Public Comment on Multi-Year Improvement Plan for All Schools

Baltimore County Public Schools and Baltimore County Government invite the public to take a survey and provide public comment about school facilities as part of the Multi-Year Improvement Plan for All Schools (MYIPAS). The purpose of MYIPAS is to develop a long-range plan for identifying and prioritizing capital improvements to all schools.

“The people of Baltimore County are our partners in progress and their voices are critical to ensuring that we create a long-term plan that best meets the needs of our communities,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “By working together, we can outline a clear roadmap to provide our students and educators with the safe, modern learning environments they need and deserve.”

“I encourage students, families, staff, and community members to be part of our legacy by guiding the plan for modernized teaching and learning spaces that will benefit generations,” said BCPS Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams. “The current crisis has only reinforced the many ways in which schools bring us together. Now is the time to lend your voice and shape our future.”

The public input process began in April 2020 with the formation of focus groups to evaluate and discuss three areas: enrollment projections, capacity and utilization; educational equity and adequacy; and facility condition.

The entire community is invited to participate in the MYIPAS Survey through 11:59 p.m., July 15, 2020. Feedback may also be provided by completing the online comment form.

All comments received are public record, and will be logged and posted to the Multi-Year Improvement Plan for All Schools Web page, including names, but not email addresses. Personal information should be avoided (e.g., phone numbers, student names, etc.).

The MYIPAS will be completed in two phases. Phase one will focus on recommendations for high schools. Phase two will focus on recommendations for elementary and middle schools.


 
 
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