Crit­i­cal in­vest­ments in our ag­ing schools con­tinue in South­east area of the County

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An up­date from Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Kamenetz:

As part of Bal­ti­more County’s $1.3 bil­lion Schools for our Fu­ture pro­gram, I am pleased to share sev­eral im­por­tant school projects that have started or will start shortly in south­east­ern Bal­ti­more County.

In 2010, 90 county schools did not have air con­di­tion­ing. Work­ing with the County Coun­cil and our state del­e­ga­tion, we’ve been able to re­duce that num­ber dra­mat­i­cally.

This Au­gust, there will be only 13 schools with­out air con­di­tion­ing. In 2019 there will only be three schools left and those are brand new re­place­ment schools, two of which — Berk­shire and Colgate — are right here in the south­east. Our in­vest­ment in Dun­dalk’s Berk­shire and Colgate El­e­men­tary Schools will be more than $100 mil­lion.

This spring and sum­mer, the fol­low­ing schools are slated for cen­tral air con­di­tion­ing work:

Bat­tle Grove El­e­men­tary School, $6 mil­lion;

Bear Creek El­e­men­tary School, $5.65 mil­lion;

Charlesmont El­e­men­tary School, $4.76 mil­lion;

Grange El­e­men­tary School, $4.5 mil­lion;

Stem­mers Run Mid­dle School, $12.1 mil­lion;

Ad­di­tion­ally, the County is set to move for­ward with a $46 mil­lion project at Pat­ap­sco High School and Cen­ter for the Arts this sum­mer.

The project calls for a com­plete ren­o­va­tion of the school, in­clud­ing elec­tri­cal, plumb­ing, me­chan­i­cal, and in­fra­struc­ture up­grades for the en­tire school. Upon com­ple­tion, it will look and feel like a brand new school.

Lead­ing by Ex­am­ple, Bal­ti­more County con­tin­ues to make his­toric in­vest­ments in our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. Since 2011, we are build­ing 15 new schools, 11 ad­di­tions, 8 ma­jor sys­temic ren­o­va­tions, and, of course, bring­ing cen­tral air con­di­tion­ing to all our schools. We are ex­cited about how far we’ve come.

KEVIN KAMENETZ

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