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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 ChairTodd M. Turner (D-District 4) says the committee vote offers significantprogress toward employing creative strategies that build schools in PrinceGeorge’s County.
“The Councilcommittee’s favorable recommendation of an MOU, the governance document for theAlternative School Construction project, is an important step forward and setsthe structure for the Council to fulfill its budget and oversight obligationsas we move closer to this first-of-its-kind school construction model.”
The AlternativeConstruction Financing program, a proposed multi-year public-privatepartnership, would build six new public schools in the County, providingupgraded learning environments for approximately 8,000 students, over the nextfour years.
Chair Turner,acknowledging the joint commitment to the effort, adds there is still more todo to achieve this first of its kind school construction model in the U.S. andthe state of Maryland.
“We acknowledgethe hard work of our leadership teams and staff to move us closer to our goaland look forward to achieving the work ahead through our continuing jointcommitment with Prince George’s County Schools CEO Dr. Monica Goldson, and ourschool system, the Board of Education, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, andstate lawmakers, in response to the needs of our children andresidents.”
CR-100-2020 will appear on the County Council agenda for a final vote during the Council session scheduled for Tuesday, October 20, 2020.