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  • BoE Approves $209.1 Million Fiscal Year 2021 Capital Budget Request

    Posted by Melvin Edwards on 9/26/2019

    The Board of Education recently unanimously approved Superintendent George Arlotto’s recommended $209.1 million FY2021 capital budget request which contains funding for nine major school projects, including the design of a new west county elementary school and a new Old Mill Middle School South.

    The Board’s request is $43.2 million more than the Fiscal Year 2020 approved capital budget. It contains $3 million for the design of the elementary school, to be constructed on the west side of Route 3/301 in the vicinity of the Two Rivers community, and $4 million for feasibility study and design of a new Old Mill Middle School South, to be built on the current Southgate/Old Mill Park.

    The request also contains nearly $139 million for the following major ongoing projects, in priority order:

    • Edgewater Elementary School, construction ($5.6 million)
    • Tyler Heights Elementary School, construction ($4.8 million)
    • Richard Henry Lee Elementary School, construction ($4.4 million)
    • Quarterfield Elementary School, design/construction ($18.4 million)
    • Hillsmere Elementary School, design/construction ($15.2 million)
    • Rippling Woods Elementary School, design/construction ($21.9 million)
    • Old Mill West High School, construction ($68.4 million)

    Also included is $9 million for full-day kindergarten and prekindergarten additions at Sunset and Van Bokkelen elementary schools, and $11 million for a classroom addition and cafeteria expansion at Arundel Middle School.

    The Board also approved a six-year Capital Improvement Plan which allocates requested funding for projects through FY2026.

    The plan will be submitted to the State of Maryland for funding consideration. The plan will also be part of the school system’s overall FY2021 budget request, to be forwarded to the County Executive in February 2020 after the Board holds additional public hearings. The County Council will review that plan and adopt a final capital budget for the school system by June 2020.

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  • Project Unity - Kindness. Acceptance. Inclusion.

    Posted by Superintendent George Arlotto on 9/4/2019

    AACPS Info / Project Unity

    On October 24, 2018, schools and offices across our county came together to celebrate Unity Day 2018, an initiative of the National Bullying Prevention Center designed to visibly show commitments to fostering acceptance and inclusion and eliminate hate and bullying. As part of that event, the National Bullying Prevention Center encouraged participants to wear orange as a clear indication of their commitment against bullying.

    The day was a huge success, with our schools and offices utilizing a variety of different creative methods to convey powerful statements. The effort garnered the attention of the National Bullying Prevention Center, and the efforts of our schools were shared with other school systems across the nation interested in the initiative.

    Our work to impart to children the values of kindness, acceptance, and inclusion continues every day. I am proud to tell you that we are not only repeating our participation in Unity Day this year, but we are expanding our efforts to include multiple observances to help ensure a more regular conversation about this critical topic.

    As part of Project Unity, our schools and offices will again take part in Unity Day on October 23, 2019. This will be the first of four “wear orange” days in the 2019-2020 school year. Schools will participate in ways that best benefit their student population and community and I believe the message we send will be even more powerful than last year.

    We have designated the three ensuing early dismissal days – on December 5, February 12, and March 24 – as Project Unity days as well. Schools will again create observances and events that best suit their needs and populations, and the professional development for staff designed for the day will be aligned with this initiative.

    I encourage all students and staff to wear orange on all four of these days, beginning with October 23. If you don’t have orange, you can purchase a T-shirt using the link on this page. AACPS makes no profit off the sale of the shirts.

    Schools with uniform policies will excuse students from wearing uniforms on these days provided they wear orange.

    It is our hope that the ongoing dialogue around this subject will help us create and enhance mindsets of kindness, acceptance, and inclusion that will carry far beyond the walls of our schools.

    As we seek to stomp out hate and bigotry, let’s turn Anne Arundel County orange!

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