The Actual State Share of School Construction Costs


Here is another article describing the funding structure in Maryland. Happy Monday everyone!

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Each county in Maryland contributes towards school construction costs for Maryland’s K-12 school system.  The total contribution of all counties statewide is significant. While the State has fulfilled its aim of investing $250M per year since 2004, and Governor Hogan has proposed to continue a high level of school construction funding, counties allocated $981M for capital projects in K-12 education in FY 2014 alone.

shareBelle Grove Elementary School, Anne Arundel County. Image courtesy of Anne Arundel County Public Schools Belle Grove Elementary School, Anne Arundel County. Image courtesy of Anne Arundel County Public Schools

The portion of building expenses that the State pays is based on the relative wealth of a county, providing more assistance to counties who are poor, according to a certain formula. Even in these counties, however, the State only contributes funding towards eligible costs, such as building and site development, renovation and limited renovation, leaving the counties to absorb all of the rest.

All counties, no matter how poor…

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