Board of Education Approves Amendments to Capital Improvements Program
On Nov. 21, the Montgomery County Board of Education approved amendments to the district’s six-year Capital Improvements Program (CIP) that will help plan for future growth in MCPS, while addressing capacity and facility issues throughout the district.
The Board approved a Fiscal Year 2018 Capital Budget appropriation request totaling $411.7 million and an Amended Fiscal Year 2017–2022 Capital Improvements Program request totaling $1.729 billion. The Board’s amendments include expenditure shifts for five projects, two new boundary studies and one site selection study. The Board added $150,000 to Superintendent Jack R. Smith’s recommendation to fund a feasibility study to reopen the former Woodward High School to address the space deficits at several Downcounty Consortium high schools, as well as Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Walter Johnson and Walt Whitman high schools.
The Board set new boundaries for Bethesda-Chevy Chase Middle School #2 and Westland Middle School; approved Dr. Smith’s request for a feasibility study for the relocation of the Alternative Education Programs; and approved several recommendations to address the current short- and long-term projected space deficits in the elementary, middle and high schools in the Walter Johnson Cluster.
“These amendments to the CIP will allow us to plan for continued growth throughout the county,” said Board President Michael Durso. “We deeply appreciate the strong support the county has shown for the growing capital needs of MCPS.”
Superintendent Jack R. Smith submitted his recommended CIP amendments to the Board on October 27. The Board held a work session and two public hearings on Dr. Smith’s recommendation before taking final action on Monday.
Every two years, the county approves a six-year CIP, which includes school construction and infrastructure projects. In off years, such as FY 2018, only amendments to the adopted CIP are considered.
MCPS is experiencing its ninth straight year of significant enrollment growth. There are 159,022 students attending MCPS this year, an increase of 21,277 students since 2007. By 2022, enrollment is expected to reach 168,480 students.
The Board’s request is now being submitted to the County Executive and the County Council for consideration.
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