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Olszewski wants new buildings for two area high schools; wants state to commit its portion

Posted at 4:27 PM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 17:22:52-04

TOWSON, Md. — Baltimore County wants new buildings for two high schools.

County Executive Johnny Olszewski said in the Fiscal Year 2020 budget, there's funds that plans to start planning a new home for Towson High School and Dulaney High School. To move forward, Olszewski wants the state to contribute their portion in the upcoming legislative session.

His budget consist of a 10-year capital plan for school construction to ensure the county will properly receive funding to build new schools.

“Over the next decade, we expect to have 1,700 more students than seats in our county’s high schools. Our students and families deserve safe, modern school facilities, and we have a responsibility to provide them,” Olszewski said. “Education is and will always be my number one priority, and as our students return to school this week, I want them and their families to know that I will not rest until they have the resources they need to receive the best education possible. I encourage the Board of Education to prioritize these high school projects in their capital spending plan.”

In the county, Lansdowne High School remains the county’s top high school construction priority. Funds for Towson and Dulaney will be a separate plan from Landowne's. Olszewski included the county’s portion of construction funds for the remaining elementary and middle school projects planned as part of the Schools for Our Future program

The county executive said, last week he joined members of the House Appropriations Committee to tour schools to explain the critical needs for school facilities.