County Announces State Grant Money for School Construction

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced $80 million in additional state grant funds that will be leveraged to support a number of major ongoing school construction projects.

Specifically, Olszewski announced:

• $26 million in additional funds towards a new Lansdowne High School;

• $20 million in additional funds towards a like-new Towson High School;

• $15 million in additional funds towards a new Deer Park Elementary School;

• $10 million towards in additional funds a new Scott’s Branch Elementary School;

• $8 million in additional funds towards a new addition at Dundalk High School; and

• $1 million in additional funds towards a new addition at new Pine Grove Middle School.

Md. Laws, Ch. 344 (SB 291) appropriated $237 million in state passed through block grants administered by the Maryland Interagency Commission on School Construction (IAC) for school construction projects in specified jurisdictions.

Baltimore County was awarded $80 million in these one-time grant funds for county-selected school construction projects.

These grant funds announced today will amplify Baltimore County’s record investments in school construction, including nearly $210 million of new local capital funding in Olszewski’s recently approved FY24 budget for school construction.

By providing additional funds to these existing projects, Baltimore County will be able to move forward more quickly in future years on other critical projects, such as a new Dulaney High school, solutions for high school overcrowding in the Northeast and Southeast areas of the County, plans for a new CTE Center in Northwest Baltimore County, and more.

The upcoming school rebuilds and renovations are part of Olszewski’s $3.3 billion plan to improve every school in Baltimore County over 15 years.

The long-term vision aims to eliminate the need for trailers within a decade and includes hundreds of millions of dollars in new investments in CTE, pre-k, aging high schools, security upgrades, special and alternative schools, and community schools, which provide essential wraparound services.

Benjamin Joseph

Benjamin Joesph has covered news in Eastern Baltimore County since 2006. He started as a reporter with the original East County Times in 2006. He started East Baltco News and later in 2022.