Board of Education Approves Amendments to Capital Improvements Program
The Montgomery County Board of Education approved the requested Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Capital Budget and Amendments to the FY 2019-2024 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) on November 27 that will help plan for future growth in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), while addressing school security and access to college and career readiness programs.
The Board approved an FY 2020 Capital Budget appropriation of $281.5 million and an amended FY 2019-2024 CIP totaling $1.82 billion. The Board of Education is requesting $113.8 million from the state as its share of the FY 2020 Capital Budget. FY 2020 is the second year of the biennial CIP review process.
Additional $8 Million in Amendments Following Public Hearing Testimony
On October 29, 2018, the Superintendent’s Recommended FY 2020 Capital Budget and Amendments to the FY 2019-2020 Capital Improvements Program was released and included a total of eight amendments to the approved CIP. Following public hearing testimony, Superintendent Jack Smith amended his recommendation to include one amendment—an additional $5 million in FY 2020 for the repair and replacement of many building systems, including doors, lighting, windows, communication systems, and floor and ceiling tiles.
On November 27, 2018, the Board of Education included an additional $3.0 million in FY 2020 to address repairs and replacements of restroom fixtures, including sinks, partitions, and floor and ceiling tiles.
Boundary Studies Approved
The Board approved a boundary study to explore the reassignment of students at Clarksburg and Northwest high schools to Seneca Valley High School. The boundary study will examine utilization and articulation patterns at Roberto W. Clemente, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Kingsview middle schools. To minimize split articulations, the Board supports expanding the scope of the study to include all of the middle schools in the Clarksburg and Northwest clusters, in addition to the middle schools in the Seneca Valley cluster. The study will begin in late fall/early winter 2018, with Board action scheduled in November 2019.
Also approved was a boundary study for Forest Knolls, Montgomery Knolls and Pine Crest elementary schools to relieve the overutilization at Forest Knolls Elementary School. The boundary study will include Eastern and Silver Spring International middle schools. The boundary study will occur in spring 2019, with Board of Education action scheduled for November 2019.
The superintendent also released his recommendation for boundaries for Clarksburg Village Site #2 Elementary School. More information is available on the Capital Improvements Program web page.
The Board of Education’s Requested FY 2020 Capital Budget and Amendments to the FY 2019-2024 Capital Improvements Program totals $1.82 billion, an increase of $45.6 million more than the approved six-year CIP. The amended CIP includes a requested FY 2020 expenditure of $332 million, an increase of $23.9 million more than the approved FY 2020 expenditure.
The amendments include funding to begin planning for three elementary school addition projects; funding for five countywide projects; and funding for one revitalization/expansion project.
The Board’s request will be submitted to the Montgomery County Executive and the Montgomery County Council for consideration. The County Executive will issue his recommended FY 2019-2024 CIP amendments for all county agencies by mid-January. The Council will hold a hearing in early February and work sessions in March and April, before adopting an approved FY 2020 Capital Budget and Amendments to the FY 2019-2024 CIP by the end of May.
More information is available on the Capital Improvements Program page.