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