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COUNCIL’S COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE SUPPORTS LEGISLATION ADDRESSING ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION MODEL FOR PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Legislation to Receive Final Vote During Scheduled Council Session Tuesday, October 20th
The Prince George’s County Council’s Committee of the Whole (COW), during its virtual meeting on Thursday, October 15, 2020, voted to move forward, with amendments, CR-100-2020, a proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) governing a groundbreaking school construction model for Prince George’s County Public Schools.
Council Chair Todd M. Turner (D-District 4) says the committee vote offers significant progress toward employing creative strategies that build schools in Prince George’s County.
“The Council committee’s favorable recommendation of an MOU, the governance document for the Alternative School Construction project, is an important step forward and sets the structure for the Council to fulfill its budget and oversight obligations as we move closer to this first-of-its-kind school construction model.”
The Alternative Construction Financing program, a proposed multi-year public-private partnership, would build six new public schools in the County, providing upgraded learning environments for approximately 8,000 students, over the next four years.
Chair Turner, acknowledging the joint commitment to the effort, adds there is still more to do to achieve this first of its kind school construction model in the U.S. and the state of Maryland.
“We acknowledge the hard work of our leadership teams and staff to move us closer to our goal and look forward to achieving the work ahead through our continuing joint commitment with Prince George’s County Schools CEO Dr. Monica Goldson, and our school system, the Board of Education, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, and state lawmakers, in response to the needs of our children and residents.”
CR-100-2020 will appear on the County Council agenda for a final vote during the Council session scheduled for Tuesday, October 20, 2020.