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.