MCPS Superintendent Smith Releases FY 2020 Capital Budget and CIP Amendments; Makes Boundary Recommendation for New Clarksburg Elementary School
Superintendent Jack R. Smith is requesting minor adjustments to the adopted Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-2024 Capital Improvements Program to address enrollment growth, school security, and access to college and career readiness programs.
The $1.815 billion recommendation is an increase of $37.6 million more than the approved six-year CIP. The amended CIP includes a recommended FY 2020 expenditure of $324.33 million, an increase of $15.97 million more than the approved
FY 2020 expenditure of $308.36 million.
Managing Enrollment Growth
Preliminary enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is 163,123, an increase of 1,577 students from the 2017-2018 school year. Since the 2009-2010 school year, MCPS enrollment has increased by 21,346 students. MCPS enrollment by the 2024-2025 school year is projected to increase by 11,199 students to reach 174,322 students.
To address this growth, the CIP includes amendments to begin the planning for additions at Highland View, Lake Seneca and Thurgood Marshall elementary schools. These projects are in addition to those identified in the Capital Improvements Program.
Strengthening School Security
The safety of all students and staff remains a top priority for MCPS. To strengthen the ability to keep schools secure, Superintendent Smith recommended $28 million in additional funds to address technology upgrades to various existing security systems, as well as to provide secure entrance vestibules and guided building access for schools that currently do not have these features.
Expanding Access to Career-Ready Programs
MCPS is committed to providing students with access to career readiness programs regardless of where they live in the county. Thomas Edison High School of Technology, located in Silver Spring, currently serves as the only hub for the county and can be a burden for upcounty students to reach. To provide greater access to career programs upcounty, Superintendent Smith is recommending additional funding for the Seneca Valley High School revitalization/expansion project that would allow the facility to serve as an upcounty hub for career programs.