Facility Engineering Associates, P.C. (FEA) will be sharing the results of the elementary school facility needs assessment and master plan study for Garrett County Public Schools (GCPS) on Monday evening, October 28, 2013, at the Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC) located at Garrett College in McHenry, Maryland. The event will take place in the new gymnasium. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m.
FEA was engaged by the school system to provide an in-depth study designed to provide information on the best options to cost-effectively meet the instructional needs of the students of Garrett County. In three years, declines in revenue and student enrollment have brought about reductions in the work force, the closure of three schools, and the elimination of programs. The school system estimates losses of 1.5 million dollars for Fiscal Year 2015 due to Maryland’s Wealth Formula which is, in part, based on enrollment. Moreover, the school system will not have available $700,000 it received from a Legislative “Hold Harmless” initiative used to balance the current year’s budget.
Given the financial challenges ahead of the school system, the results of the study will provide data to help identify short- and long- term facility plans to meet the needs of the students enrolled in the school system. The scope of the study includes the assessment of elements required by the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 13A.02.09.01 which governs school closings should the Garrett County Board of Education be forced to move in that direction. The presentation is open to the public.
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