The ambitious 21st Century School Buildings Plan will give Baltimore students the school buildings they deserve – new or renovated buildings designed to meet the teaching and learning needs of young people and communities, today and in the future. (Find out more about the plan.)

Under the terms of the memorandum of understanding that guides implementation of the plan, City Schools is making a significant financial contribution to both new construction and ongoing maintenance.

Between FY16 and FY18, City Schools expects an increase of $35 million in capital and maintenance expenditures. 

4 thoughts on “21st Century Buildings

  1. Anonymous Reply

    One last thought – the schools of almost 50 years ago were not modern . Certainly the ones I attended were not (including university). They need to be clean, but the rest is secondary.

  2. Anonymous Reply

    Many private schools do not have 21st Century facilities and the ones that do found private funding – so consider a capital campaign and solicit charitable contributions from private individuals companies and foundations. Close all underutilized schools. Consider charging a nominal fee to parents.

  3. B'More Thoughtful Reply

    It’s time to discuss creative ways to fund new and renovated buildings without pulling funds from classrooms. Ideas:

    1) Revive the local bag tax. Dedicate revenue solely to the 21st century buildings plan. Yes, I know, a regressive tax, another tax. But it’s worth exploring.
    2) Legalize and tax marijuana as a dedicated State funding stream. Legislation is being introduced January 30th to do just this in Annapolis – NOW is the time to advocate for a portion of the potential revenue stream be dedicated to school building modernization in Baltimore.
    3) Leverage funding from private foundations where a school’s renovation is tied to the implementation of an evidence-based academic model that foundations have a vested interest in and that makes sense for Baltimore City students. Put Baltimore in the headlines as a City that is being innovative and doing a 180 degree turnaround re: student outcomes.
    4) Develop a comprehensive, strategic, and statewide plan to address school renovation and maintenance that distributes capital funds relative to student need and wealth.

  4. D. Renee Reply

    I guess so when the funds allotted for school improvements is lent to fix the roads, the roads do NOT get fixed and the school system does not get reimbursed the funds lent for the roads…..so where does it leave the schools? Spending way to much money trying to maintain what should be replaced! So who is held accountable for this grave misappropriation of funds?

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