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COUNCIL’SCOMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE SUPPORTS LEGISLATION ADRESSING ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLCONSTRUCTION MODEL FOR PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Legislation toReceive 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 schoolconstruction model for Prince George’s County Public Schools.
Council Chair Todd M. Turner(D-District 4) says the committee vote offers significant progress towardemploying creative strategies that build schools in Prince George’s County.
“The Council committee’s favorablerecommendation of an MOU, the governance document for the Alternative SchoolConstruction project, is an important step forward and sets the structure forthe Council to fulfill its budget and oversight obligations as we move closerto this first-of-its-kind school construction model.”
The Alternative ConstructionFinancing program, a proposed multi-year public-private partnership, wouldbuild six new public schools in the County, providing upgraded learningenvironments for approximately 8,000 students, over the next four years.
Chair Turner, acknowledging thejoint commitment to the effort, adds there is still more to do to achieve thisfirst of its kind school construction model in the U.S. and the state ofMaryland.
“We acknowledge the hard work ofour leadership teams and staff to move us closer to our goal and look forwardto achieving the work ahead through our continuing joint commitment with PrinceGeorge’s County Schools CEO Dr. Monica Goldson, and our school system, theBoard of Education, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, and state lawmakers, inresponse 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.