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O'Malley Announces $336M for School Construction

Governor's announcement at Overlea High School includes $325 million for school construction and $25 million for air conditioning in schools.

Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Monday a plan to spend $336 million on school construction and facilities improvements in the coming budget year.

The governor made the announcement during Jan. 7 news conference at Overlea High School.

The proposal, which will be part of his Fiscal Year 2014 budget sent to state lawmakers later this month, will include $325 million for school construction and renovation, $25 million for air conditioning schools and $6.1 million for the aging schools program.

O'Malley said that the proposed budget was unusual because of the funds earmarked for air conditioning.

"This is the first time an allocation of state capital that large has been made for a specific purpose," he said.

The governor also highlighted the importance of efforts made by local elected officials to secure the air conditioning money.

"It's really because of your delegates, supported by County Executive Kamenetz that we're able to make this announcement," O'Malley said.

Overlea High School was the perfect place to make the announcement because of the school's age and the large number of unairconditioned schools in Baltimore County, said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Overlea High School was built in 1961 and lacks air conditioned classrooms.

"Overlea is an older school; 80 percent of schools in the county are more than 40 years old," Kamenetz said. He explained the school is representative of the "typical challenges" faced by county schools.

Of the state's 180 schools without air conditioning, about 65 are in Baltimore County, according to Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

If adopted, O'Malley said that the proposed budget would support 8,199 jobs.

"That's moms and dads swinging hammers, installing air conditioning, and doing roofing," he said.

The Maryland General Assembly begins its 90-day session on Jan. 9.

Chris W January 10, 2013 at 11:19 AM
Oh the topic has switched to race. Frank must have commented. What a pathetic little man. Everything is always the fault of "old white men". You have a serious problem with race Frank.
1ke January 10, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Chris W, when is the time to talk about race? If not in connection with Ted Nugent, then, what about when the Latino serviceman was shot by police in Dundalk? No? Well, what about when there is a beating in the parking lot of one of Bel Air's bars? No? Well, just say the word, Chris W, and we can start to talk about race and how it floods into our lives all day every day. Thanks, buddy.
Buck Harmon January 10, 2013 at 02:53 PM
This topic is beyond your comprehension Frank...you surrendered.. it's the IQ that you lack...it leads you to this regular surrender syndrome...you can't help it..
Buck Harmon January 10, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Good luck Frank..
Shannon February 14, 2013 at 04:54 PM
It was all a lie to get the Casinos. Not one penny has gone to the schools, and it never will. People need to vote with logic, but instead they voted for their own selfish greed.

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