The Carroll County Board of Education moved forward on two key items Wednesday night, voting unanimously to move a schematic design for the Career and Technology Center forward to the design and development phase, as well as to move forward with a feasibility study in relation to the Redistricting and School Closure Committee’s fall report.
The Carroll Board of Education was presented with three potential plans — and a potential add-on to the third plan — that would add additional space to the Tech Center as well as some renovations that would allow for courses to be brought up to industry standards.
The Board of Education first discussed the potential designs the week before in a work session and looked at three potential options, one of which included a potential add on.
Plan C would cost $59,117,745, which is under the $60 million previously approved by the Board of County Commissioners. This option would come with a 97,542-square-foot addition, plus a renovation of 45,083 square feet. The project would take place from summer 2020 through summer 2023.
The potential add-on for this plan comes at a just over $10 million larger price tag, but would include a 98,778-square-foot addition and 76,512 square feet of renovation, a plan that would meet all education specifications, a shorter construction duration and flexibility to address future needs by dealing with the wait list or adding future programs.
The Tech Center vote came after a long discussion in which the school board discussed the fact that county projections indicate local income tax revenue sufficient to support projects in addition to the Tech Center. This money could come in at $30 to $40 million locally, although it was urged to the board that those numbers could change.
Still, board member Devon Rothschild, who was also in her last meeting on the board, found that information to be good news, and proof there is money to fund a Tech Center project and some sort of East Middle School project.
The Carroll County Public Schools Board of Education will potentially move forward next month with a feasibility study looking at three of the five recommendations brought forth from the Redistricting and School Closure Committee last month.
Lockard’s first, and most immediate recommendation, was to immediately commission a feasibility study using one-time fund balance money if necessary. The study is expected to cost about $100,000, and the target date for the final result is April 2019.
Lockard’s second recommendation was for the BOE to declare an end to any consideration for additional school closures for at least the first five years of the next enrollment projections report and analysis, unless a school closure is part of a replacement modernization project. The third is to have the school board convene a committee in 2023 to evaluate school boundaries.