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O'Malley Unveils School Construction Plan

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley unveils his plans for school construction in Annapolis.
Matt Bush
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley unveils his plans for school construction in Annapolis.

By Matt Bush

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley is outlining his plan for public school construction in the state should he be re-elected this fall. O'Malley's plan should he receive a second term looks much like what happened during his first. He wants to fulfill spending goals on school construction set by a commission headed by state treasurer Nancy Kopp.

"We are committed to sustaining the Kopp recommendations with at least a billion dollars in new construction invested," says Kopp.

During his first term, O'Malley says the state has spent $1.27 billion on school construction. O'Malley's announcement was made at Germantown Elementary school in Annapolis, where a new school is being built. It was an appropriate setting according to Annapolis mayor Josh Cohen.

"The site behind us, where the new Germantown elementary is going to be rising from the ground, is going to be the first new public school building in the city of Annapolis in almost 40 years," says Cohen.

O'Malley also wants all new schools built with a standard design, which he believes will drive down construction costs.

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