Final Money for School Construction Approved
The Board of Public Works this morning unanimously approved $71 million in school construction funding for buildings around the state, the last chunk of $267 million set aside for fiscal year 2010.
The money brings to $1 billion the O'Malley administration's three-year investment in school infrastructure. Today's approval prompted Comptroller Peter Franchot to lament what he called "dilapidated" conditions at the Suitland High School building in Prince George's County, which he toured recently.
"The school is deteriorating," Franchot (D) said. "It's just stunning that something like this exists in our state."
Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), who also serves on the public works board, said Franchot's experience shows that "there's nothing as illustrative of the diversity of our state than walking through school buildings."
David Lever, executive director of the Interagency Committee on School Construction,said Suitland is not scheduled for a major renovation until 2014.
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