Baltimore County will air condition five more schools, including elementary schools Wellwood International in Pikesville, Featherbed Lane in Woodlawn, and Scotts Branch in Milford Mill.
The other two schools, according to a news release from the Baltimore County Executive's Office are:
- Hawthorne Elementary in Middle River
- Parkville Middle School in Parkville
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's measure to allocate $17.2 million of county money toward the $29.2 million cost is off to the county council, according to a news release from the County Executive's Office.
The remainder of the money, $11.7 million, would come from the Governor's FY2014 Capital Improvement Program: Air Conditioning Initiative, it states.
The Board of Public Works approved giving that state money Wednesday, the release states.
"The county will fund this supplement with the bond premium money it earned from its November 29, 2012 bond sale," it states.
Kamenetz said he has made a priority of putting air conditioning in schools.
"When I first took office, more than half of our schools, 52 percent to be exact, still did not have air conditioning," he said in a statement. "With this welcome infusion of State funds and an additional $17.2 million of County funds, our administration has funded the installation of air conditioning in 43 schools since January 2011. Now nearly 30,000 students study in comfort even on the warmest June or August days."
If this latest project occurs, the percentage of county schools without air conditioning will be only 23 percent, it states.