Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh, Councilman Michael Peroutka and Del. Michael Malone recently highlighted the county’s historic $431 million plan to accelerate school construction.

“Three years ago, we promised a major acceleration in our school construction efforts,” said Schuh. “As many here in Arnold may have noticed, it is a promise we have kept. The scene here is one that our citizens are experiencing as projects move forward and dirt starts to turn in every corner of our county.”

Arnold Elementary, in Arnold, is currently undergoing a $41 million, 89,000-square-foot replacement that will serve more than 550 students when complete. Advocates for the project are parents in the nearby community, including Kerry Petz, a former PTA president who frequently testified in favor for a full replacement of Arnold before the Board of Education.

Other projects in the six-year capital plan and funded in fiscal 2018 include the following.
New School/Replacement Projects

• Jessup Elementary (construction), Jessup: $45.2 million

• Crofton High School (construction), Crofton: $124.5 million
Modernization/Revitalization Projects

• Manor View Elementary (construction), Fort Meade: $34.4 million

• High Point Elementary (construction), Pasadena: $40.5 million

• George Cromwell Elementary (construction), Glen Burnie: $32.7 million
• Edgewater Elementary (design), Edgewater: $

40.2 million
• Tyler Heights Elementary (design), Annapolis: $38.1 million

• Richard Henry Lee (design), Glen Burnie: $34.6 million

These capital projects were made possible through the JumpStart Anne Arundel capital project financing program. Enacted in 2015, the plan embraces a 30-year bond financing option. This reform has allowed Anne Arundel County to expand its capital funding program and make critical school, public safety, road and quality of life infrastructure improvements.