County Executive Ike Leggett joined Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in testifying before the House Appropriations Committee on March 6 to urge the House of Delegates to pass HB1323/SB 927, the Supplemental Public School Construction Matching Fund Program.
The bill could provide critically needed additional funding for school construction to meet the County's unprecedented increase in enrollment, which is the highest in the State.
In his testimony, Leggett said, “Our Senators and Delegates in Annapolis have fought the good fight and won increased State capital funding. But our enrollment wave and resultant capacity needs mean that we -- and the State – must do more. That’s why Montgomery County, Baltimore County and Prince George’s County are here today to send a very simple message: Our kids and families can’t afford for any of us to play ‘catch up.’ We already have major capacity challenges. If we don’t invest now, we won’t be able to create the capacity we need to handle what’s ahead.”
The Executive also joined elected and school officials, parents and teachers at an evening rally on the Mall outside the State House sponsored by the Montgomery County Council of PTAs to support the County’s school construction initiative.
See the video on school construction funding produced by the County Council.
More details at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/schoolfunding.