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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

To news that de­spite fin­ish­ing the long-awaited Per­ryville Elementary School re­place­ment project and spending mil­lions on im­prove­ment projects, Ce­cil County Pub­lic Schools con­tin­ues to fight a grow­ing list of de­ferred main­te­nance projects. School of­fi­cials ex­pect the sys­tem’s de­ferred main­te­nance to climb by more than $4.5 mil­lion this year, reach­ing nearly $50 mil­lion in to­tal. That news may lead to the de­ci­sion to post­pone a project that would ren­o­vate and ex­pand Ken­more Elementary School while clos­ing Leeds Elementary School in the near fu­ture. The ma­jor­ity of CCPS’s de­ferred main­te­nance falls into the ar­eas of me­chan­i­cal and roofs, with those two cat­e­gories mak­ing up about $29.57 mil­lion and $11.49 mil­lion re­spec­tively of the pro­jected $49.63 mil­lion fis­cal year 2017 de­ferred main­te­nance. They are per­haps best ex­em­pli­fied by the need for $245,000 in emer­gency air con­di­tion­ing re­pairs at the Bohemia Manor mid­dle and high school com­plex and at the Ce­cil County School of Tech­nol­ogy al­ready this year. It may be time for the county to take a hard look at the condition of our schools and fund ac­cord­ingly.

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