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School by School Breakdown of Superintendent's Proposed Capital Budget

Next year's preliminary budget includes a feasibility study for Arnold Elementary.

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education discussed Superintendent Kevin Maxwell’s recommended capital budget for fiscal year 2014 Tuesday night, specifically examining projects where state funding is being sought.

Of the superintendent’s nearly $240 million proposed capital budget, Maxwell is asking the state to cover almost $48 million worth of upgrades and renovations at Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS). That leaves about $194 million to be funded by the county itself.

AACPS Chief Operating Officer Alex Szachnowicz and AACPS Director of Facilities Lisa Seaman-Crawford broke down the proposed capital budget piece by piece, inspecting each project’s history, status and potential progression.

Szachnowicz explained that the state considers Anne Arundel County to be one of the most affluent counties in all of Maryland. Because of that, AACPS is only eligible to request that 50 percent of its budget come from the state. Other counties, such as Baltimore City schools, may request up to 94 percent of their  budgets come from the state, Szachnowicz said.

“We are tied for the lowest eligibility to receive state funding,” Szachnowicz said, along with Montgomery, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties.

While the $47.9 million requested by Maxwell only accounts for about 19 percent of the total capital budget, Szachnowicz said it’s the maximum the school system can request due to the established review processes. For example, feasibility studies—which will cost about $12.5 million in fiscal year 2014—cannot be funded by the state, Szachnowicz said.

For families in Broadneck, here is a breakdown of how the superintendent's proposed capital budget for fiscal year 2014 affects local schools.

Across the County

Open Space Classroom Enclosures—Total request: $9 million. State requested funding: $3.72 million.

All Day Kindergarten and Pre-K Additions—Total request: $11 million. State requested funding: $4.62 million.

Broadneck Cluster

County Wide Open Space Classroom Enclosures—Total request: $9 million. State requested funding: $3.72 million.

Arnold Elementary Feasibility Study/Design—Total request: $2.23 million. State requested funding: $0.

  • Provide a feasibility study and design for the school, originally constructed in 1967.

Here is a complete list of projects proposed by the superintendent. 

Southern Cluster

Modernization—Total request: $2.76 million. State requested funding: $2.52 million.

  • This project seeks to receive its final year construction funds and reduce special education out-of-area costs. The modernization project hopes to improve the facility, constructed in 1940.

Replacement—Total request: $12.6 million. State requested funding: $4.1 million.

  • Project seeks to replace the school in Lothian, originally constructed in 1956 with renovations in 1966, 1977 and 1993.

South River Cluster

All Day Kindergarten and Pre-K Additions—Total request: $11 million. State requested funding: $4.62 million. (Crofton Meadows)

On Sept. 19, the board will host a public hearing to further discuss the superintendent’s recommendations and then ultimately vote on the capital budget that night to officially request the funding from the state. 

Annapolis Cluster

Open Space Classroom Enclosures—Total request: $9 million. State requested funding: $3.72 million.

Annapolis Elementary Revitalization—Total request: $11.2 million. State requested funding: $1 million.

  • Project seeks state funding to pay for second year of construction and update various renovations conducted in 1948 and 1982.

Mills-Parole Elementary Revitalization—Total request: $11.8 million. State requested funding: $4.19 million.

  • Project is in its second year and hopes to revitalize the school, originally constructed in 1952 with additions in 1958, 1965 and 1994.

Rolling Knolls Replacement—Total request: $15.2 million. State requested funding: $4.69 million.

  • Project is in its first year and seeks to replace the school, originally constructed in 1963. The school will be a proto-type design.

West Annapolis Elementary Modernization—Total request: $9.4 million. State requested funding: $3.06 million.

  • The project seeks to begin construction and modernize the school, originally constructed in 1939 with additions in 1956 and 1984.

Arundel Cluster

All Day Kindergarten and Pre-K Additions—Total request: $11 million. State requested funding: $4.62 million. (Four Seasons)

Crofton Elementary Revitalization—Total request: $14.9 million. State requested funding: $4.49 million.

  • Project seeks to revitalize the school, originally constructed in 1969 with additions in 1999 and 2004. This will be the second year of construction at the school.

Crofton Middle, North Glen and Oakwood Elementary Schools Addition—Total request: $12.6 million. State requested funding: $4.05 million.

  • Project seeks to increase student capacity and eliminate relocatable classrooms at Crofton Middle.

Chesapeake Cluster

County Wide Open Space Classroom Enclosures—Total request: $9 million. State requested funding: $3.72 million.

Glen Burnie Cluster

County Wide Open Space Classroom Enclosures—Total request: $9 million. State requested funding: $3.72 million.

All Day Kindergarten and Pre-K Additions—Total request: $11 million. State requested funding: $4.62 million. (Marley Middle)

Point Pleasant Elementary Revitalization—Total request: $4.13 million. State requested funding: $0.

  • Project provides revitalization for Point Pleasant Elementary. AACPS is seeking final year construction funds. The project is 75 percent complete.

Oakwood Elementary, North Glen Elementary and Crofton Middle Addition—Total request: $12.6 million. State requested funding: $4.05 million.

  • Project seeks to address multi-purpose room shared space challenges.

Meade Cluster

County Wide Open Space Classroom Enclosures—Total request: $9 million. State requested funding: $3.72 million.

Manor View Elementary Feasibility Study/Design—Total request: $2.59 million. State requested funding: $0.

  • Provide a feasibility study and design for the school, originally constructed in 1971.

Jessup Elementary Feasibility Study/Design—Total request: $2.06 million. State requested funding: $0.

  • Provide a feasibility study and design for the school, originally constructed in 195 with additions in 1975 and 1997. 

Northeast Cluster

High Point Elementary Feasibility Study/Design—Total request: $2.83 million. State requested funding: $0.

  • Provide a feasibility study and design for the school, originally constructed in 1975.

North County Cluster

North Glen Elementary, Oakwood Elementary and Crofton Middle Addition—Total request: $12.6 million. State requested funding: $4.05 million.

  • Project seeks to address multi-purpose room shared space challenges.

George Cromwell Elementary Feasibility Study/Design—Total request: $2.22 million. State requested funding: $0.

  • Provide a feasibility study and design for the school, originally constructed in 1964.

Old Mill Cluster

County wide Open Space Classroom Enclosures—Total request: $9 million. State requested funding: $3.72 million.

All Day Kindergarten and Pre-K Additions—Total request: $11 million. State requested funding: $4.62 million. (Glen Burnie Park)

Severna Park Cluster

Benfield Elementary Modernization—Total request: $15.6 million. State requested funding: $2.34 million.

  • The project seeks to get funding for construction as well as money for last year’s design project that didn’t receive 100 percent of the needed finances. The modernization hopes to upgrade the school, originally constructed in 1962.

Severna Park High Replacement—Total request: $55.8 million. State requested funding:$0.

  • Project seeks to begin construction while students remain in the school. The campus was originally constructed in 1959 with additions and renovations in 1973 and a cafeteria addition in 1982. Design documents will be brought to the Board of Education in December 2012.

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