Harford County will receive at least $12.9 million in state funding for school projects according to a report presented Wednesday.
A total of 35 projects in Harford County were listed on Maryland's Public School Construction, Capital Improvement Program report for fiscal year 2014. The preliminary report indicated Harford County would receive at least $12,922,000.
The state budget holds $336 million for school project funding, and Wednesday's report accounted for $229.3 million in allocation statewide.
No Harford County projects were denied. But the three largest projects—renovations, additions or re-construction at Joppatowne and Havre de Grace high schools and Youth's Benefit Elementary School—were not immediately funded. Havre de Grace and Youth's Benefit were deemed "low priority" in the report.
The bulk of the awarded funding was granted toward the renovation of HVAC, lighting and ceilings at Fallston High School. The state allocated $4,699,610 toward the project, in response to a request of $5,056,000 from the county.
Magnolia Middle School ($2,649,000), Norrisville Elementary School ($1,736,000) and North Harford Elementary School ($1,098,390) will have their entire HVAC renovations paid for by the state.
Another 21 projects—all lighting renovations—were fully funded, and eight more lighting projects were partially funded.
For Youth's Benefit, planning was recommended. The state did not agree with a plan for a replacement school, and the project was "funded as renovation/addition project," according to the report. The total cost to the state would be $10,420.
Citing "enrollment issues," the state recommended a deferral of planning for Havre de Grace High School.
The state deferred funding for Joppatowne High School, "due to a lack of planning request and scope issues," the report stated.
The state considered 408 project requests—valued at $229,363,790—from municipalities. Of those, 276 projects were funded at a total of $87,283,000.