WINDSOR MILL, Md. (WJZ) – Baltimore County Schools will see some major changes after state and county investments of nearly $70 million were announced Monday morning.
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Maryland House Speaker Adrienne Jones announced the investment Monday morning at Scotts Branch Elementary School in Windsor Mills.
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Olszewski announced that instead of adding and renovating the elementary school, the district will spend $49 million to build a brand new school.
Principal Lauren Tillman said: “Our small neighborhood school now has the opportunity to take a stronger step towards generational success. “We will now be able to offer our students a 21st-century style building to match that same energy. Our new space will continue to serve parents, the community, and our groups and partnerships so that the Scott branch remains the focal point of this area. ”
Last year, the county executive’s budget provided funds to supplement and renovate the school, but House Speaker Jones was able to secure additional construction funding. The budget includes $21.5 million in county funds and $27.9 million from the state.
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The budget also includes $19 million for design phases for a new Dulaney High School and a makeover for Towson High School.
Olszewski says expanding access to occupational technology is his top priority in strengthening the school system. He also announced $500,000 to start a career and technology education expansion plan in western Baltimore County.
These investments are all part of Olszewski’s plan for the future of Baltimore County Schools, excluding trailers at schools because of a lack of space.
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“It’s a plan to make sure we improve every school in Baltimore County over the next 15 years,” Olszewski said. “It is a timed plan to eliminate the need for trailers in all schools within a decade, ensuring that every child has a student in a school building.”
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