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For Immediate Release: 1/14/2014
Three Largest Maryland Counties Unite For Increased School Construction Funding
Three Largest Maryland Counties Unite For Increased School Construction Funding;
The County Executives from Prince George's, Montgomery and Baltimore Counties stood together in unity to announce that they will work together to develop legislation requesting additional funding for school modernization and construction. Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz indicated that this funding is essential to meet the growing need for more classrooms and better facilities in their counties. The executives also indicated that improving the teaching and learning environment in their jurisdictions would be a good first step to ensure that Maryland remains the number one state in education. The three executives were joined by members of their legislative delegations, school boards, county councils and superintendents for this important announcement.
County Executive Ike Leggett emphasized the strain that the projected growth for his school district will have on the county, even as the County has increased local school construction funding by one-third over the last seven years.
Projected enrollment growth over the next seven years in Baltimore County and Montgomery County are amongst the highest in the state. Whereas, school systems in Prince George's County and Baltimore County are amongst the top 5 jurisdictions in Maryland that maintain buildings older than the state average of 27 years old. (Prince George's County has third oldest average age of school buildings and Baltimore County has fifth oldest.) In addition to the long term education benefits to the counties and the state, the executives also pointed out this effort would also create jobs, economic development, and improve the quality of life for communities within their jurisdiction.
County Executives Baker, Leggett, and Kamenetz indicated that they would work collaboratively with the three delegations to develop legislation that will move their counties and the children and families of Maryland forward. Each stated that at the end of the day, the ultimate winners are the children and families of Maryland who deserve the best environment for learning possible.
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Media Contact: Scott Peterson, Prince George's County, 240-619-9400
|Release ID: 14-018|
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