The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved $1.8 million in state construction money for a 356-student addition and a 6,500-square-foot gym at C. Milton Wright High School in Bel Air.
Construction will begin as soon as the project is bid, county officials said. It should be completed in early 1996.
The state approved the project last year, but denied construction money for the 38,473-square-foot addition twice.
In a last-ditch effort to move the project forward, county officials invited Gov. William Donald Schaefer to tour the school last month.
Once he was there, the governor took less than 15 minutes to decide that the addition was needed. He said he would recommend the project to the Board of Public Works, of which he is a member.
County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann said the county set aside $1.2 million for its share of the costs, but could not proceed without state money.
County School Superintendent Ray R. Keech said he was ecstatic that the governor endorsed the project.
C. Milton Wright, which was built in 1978, has a capacity of 1,197 students. This year the school had 1,283 students and expects 1,600 by 1999.