Council president calls for transparency in rebuilding schools

Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young is calling for the two state agencies that will help orchestrate a $1 billion facelift of the city schools' infrastructure participate in annual public hearings before the City Council.

Young plans to introduce a resolution Monday that requests the Maryland Stadium Authority and Interagency Committee on School Construction -- the primary overseers of the district's 10-year-plan to update and rebuild dozens of school facilities -- provide annual progress reports to the council’s Education and Youth Committee.

The first public hearing would be scheduled next spring.

“We are on the cusp of undertaking a transformative, once-in-a-lifetime revitalization of public schools in Baltimore,” Young said in a statement. “We need to do our part to keep the public engaged during the process and ensure that the resources are used in a careful and efficient manner.”

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