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The Prince George’s County School Board voted May 12 to approve the county school’s Education Facilities Master Plan for fiscal year 2017. The plan provides $232 million for more than 130 school modernization projects. The County’s public school system will know, by the fall, if the state approves.

The plan works in conjunction with the school system’s Capital Improvement Plan which calls for state-of-the-art education facilities that assist with teaching and learning goals for county schools. “The EFMP is a guiding document as far as what goes into the Capital Improvement Plan,” Elizabeth Chaisson, CIP Planner II, told the AFRO.

“Instead of doing a six year plan, which is what we usually do for the master plan, we decided we would do a 20 year plan so we could see a roadmap for modernizing these schools.”

The master plan shows 50 percent of county public schools are underutilized, 31 percent are overutilized and 19 percent are at ideal capacity.

The master plan is broken into three cycles to align with the improvement plan. The first cycle will range from 2017-2022 and include 32 projects surrounding overutilization and school conditions. Fifty-eight projects around school conditions are expected to be addressed in the second cycle, and the third cycle will concentrate on 49 projects around planning recommendations. The plan also notes that schools, which have not been determined as of yet, will close and be consolidated where necessary to address problems of underutilization. During community meetings on the master plan, parents voiced concerns over what schools would and would not close.

CIP Officer Rupert McCave said aligning school facilities to 21st century learning is the primary goal behind the master plan. He pointed out that middle schools in the county’s northern region are over utilized whereas middle schools in the southern region have a surplus of 4,500 seats. “The goal is to transform the schools such that all schools will be in a state of good repair,” he said.

For a complete list of projects for priority schools, visit pgcps.org/cip.