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Public hearing on plan to build, renovate schools

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Annapolis, MD -- Anne Aurndel County Public School's Superintendent George Arlotto has proposed an ambitious six-year plan with a $209.1 million budget that charts the course for maintenance, renovation, and new construction projects through Fiscal Year 2026.

Included is $139 million to major projects:

Edgewater Elementary School, construction ($5.6 million)
Tyler Heights Elementary School, construction ($4.8 million)
Richard Henry Lee Elementary School, construction ($4.4 million)
Quarterfield Elementary School, design/construction ($18.4 million)
Hillsmere Elementary School, design/construction ($15.2 million)
Rippling Woods Elementary School, design/construction ($21.9 million)
Old Mill West High School, construction ($68.4 million)

The Board of Education of Anne Arundel County will conduct a public hearing on that plan during its next regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, September 25.

 After adoption by the Board, the plan will be submitted to the State of Maryland for funding consideration. The plan will also be part of the school system’s overall FY2021 budget request, to be forwarded to the County Executive in February 2020 after the Board holds additional public hearings.

Also included is $9 million for full-day kindergarten and prekindergarten additions at Sunset and Van Bokkelen elementary schools, and $11 million for a classroom addition and cafeteria expansion at Arundel Middle School.

The Board will conduct a public hearing in the early portion of its meeting, and consider adoption of a FY2021 Capital Budget request later in the meeting.

Wednesday’s meeting will be held in the Board Room at the Parham Building, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis. The Board will meet in a public session at 5:30 p.m. for the sole purpose of voting to immediately go into closed session, during which time it will discuss confidential matters as permitted by the Maryland Open Meetings Act including, but not limited to, legal advice, personnel, and negotiations. Closed session is not open to the public. The public session of the meeting will resume at 7 p.m.

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