Bowers Announces FY 2017 CIP Recommendations

Superintendent Releases Recommended Fiscal Year 2017-2022 CIP (VIDEO)

Interim Superintendent Larry Bowers is recommending a six-year, $1.72 billion construction plan for Montgomery County Public Schools in the fiscal year 2017-2022 Capital Improvements Program. The plan represents a $172 million increase over the current six-year CIP, which schools officials say is needed to deal with the district’s rapid enrollment growth.

A new CIP is approved every other year and includes school construction projects, as well as infrastructure improvements and other investments the district will undertake in the coming years.

Bowers was joined by other officials, BOE President Patricia O’Neill, Councilmember Craig Rice, County Council of PTAs President Frances Frost, at Seneca Valley High School for the CIP release on Oct. 28th. According to Bowers, the capital budget priorities are to add capacity to address enrollment growth, keep revitalization and expansion projects on schedule and invest in critical maintenance and infrastructure.

You can find out more about the superintendent’s recommended CIP in this MyMCMedia Extra video, below:

Since 2007, MCPS has added over 18,500 students with most of that growth occurring in elementary schools. Over the next six years, MCPS expects enrollment to increase by another 10,000 students, with much of that growth to occur in secondary schools.

Public hearings on the CIP are scheduled for Nov. 9th and Nov. 12th.

You can view the full news conference in this MyMCMedia Extra video.

 

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