We reported last spring that several students and teachers were upset about how high the temperatures rose in their classrooms, and yesterday, the Maryland Board of Public Works voted to allocate $11.7 million in additional funding to Baltimore County schools for this initiative made possible by the Governor’s FY 2014 Capital Improvement Program’s Air Conditioning Initiative.
“I truly appreciate the support of Governor O’Malley and State Treasurer Nancy Kopp for supporting this request that will air condition five additional Baltimore County schools,” Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said in a statement. “I also need to thank the County’s senators and delegates who have been working hand-in-hand with me to secure these funds.”
The schools that will receive air conditioning money, pending the anticipated county approval, are
- Featherbed Lane Elementary
- Hawthorne Elementary
- Parkville Middle School and Center of Technology
- Scotts Branch Elementary
- Wellwood International Elementary
“We are making steady progress in addressing our infrastructure needs in Baltimore County Public Schools,” said Supt S Dallas Dance. “This is another great example of the state and the county government supporting us to provide the best learning environments possible for our students and staff.”
If these schools are air conditioned as a result of this grant, that will leave 23 percent of the school buildings in Baltimore County without air conditioning, the Baltimore Sun reported.