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O’Malley Proposes Increase For School Construction Projects

January 10th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

A proposal by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley for an $86 million increase for school construction projects statewide represents a tremendous boost for the prospects for a new Allegany High School in Cumberland. During the board’s first meeting of the New Year, Vince Montana, director of facilities for the Allegany County Board of Education, said that O’Malley had made a proposal to increase the school construction budget to $336 million from $250 million. The demolition of the old Sacred Heart Hospital complex to make way for the new Allegany High School is expected to begin this summer with an estimated cost of $2.1 million. The project seems to be on a fast track, with full proposals from three architectural firms for the design of the new school already in hand, and a meeting scheduled next week with the committee to discuss them. School construction funding must go before the Board or Public Works which is made of the governor, comptroller and treasurer- and that will occur later this month. Before a project can go before the Board of Public Works it must be recommended by the Maryland Interagency Committee on School Construction- and Superintendent David Cox and Board Vice President Laura Marchini made a presentation to the IAC last month- and received extremely positive feedback…

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