Overview of the Interagency Committee on School Construction (23.05.03)

The Interagency Committee on School Construction was established by the Board of Public Works in 1971 to administer the State of Maryland's Public School Construction Program. Since its inception in 1971, the State has approved in excess of $2.2 billion for school construction projects in the 24 school systems throughout the State. The State in 1971 also assumed $755 million of local county debt for school construction projects that were constructed prior to June 30, 1967. The Interagency Committee operates under the provisions of the Rules, Regulations, and Procedures for the Administration of the School Construction Program which are approved and amended by the Board of Public Works.

The program was established to provide State funding for eligible and justified public school construction projects that were approved by the Board of Public Works. The purpose was to:

  • provide local property tax relief;
  • relieve the subdivisions of the high costs of school construction;
  • address the considerable backlog of new construction, renovation, and replacement of schools;
  • even out the financial impact through the State assumption of these costs; and
  • equalize educational facilities and opportunities throughout the State.