With state help, Kamenetz seeks air conditioning for more schools

August 22, 2013|By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says he will ask the County Council for $17.2 million to fund air conditioning in five schools in Woodlawn, Middle River, Windsor Mill, Pikesville and Parkville.

The state Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved $11.7 million for air conditioning of county schools. The county funds would help complete funding of the installation for Featherbed Lane, Hawthorne, Scotts Branch and Wellwood International elementary schools; and Parkville Middle School.

In a statement Wednesday, Kamenetz said when he took office in 2010, more than half the county school's were not air conditioned. Since 2011, the county has installed air conditioning in more than 40 schools.

If approved by the council, the new funds would bring the proportion of school without air conditioning to 23 percent, he said.

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