The Board of Education of Anne Arundel County recently approved more than $9.7 million in contracts for work at 30 schools across the county.
More than $7.7 million was approved for design of a new Old Mill West High School, scheduled to be built on the current site of Papa John’s Farm in Millersville. That project would be the first in a series that would see the current three-school complex on Patriot Lane – which houses Old Mill High School, Old Mill Middle School North, and Old Mill Middle School South – split into three separate facilities. On its current funding track, the school would be completed in 2023.
Among the contracts approved by the board were those to design and construct security vestibules at 24 schools including Oak Hill Elementary in Severna Park and Broadneck Elementary in Arnold. The vestibules will create double entryways designed to prevent visitors from having a direct path of access to classrooms or hallways.
“We are able to tackle these projects at a quicker pace thanks to the funding provided by the county executive and county council in the Fiscal Year 2020 budget,” Superintendent George Arlotto said. “That funding is being put to use right away to create safer and more up-to-date facilities in which our children can learn and our employees can work.”