Project Classifications

102.7 Evaluation of Project Classifications

  1. All projects will be evaluated on the basis of past and projected enrollments, not only at the school in question, but at adjacent or nearby schools. Projects for additional capacity may not be recommended for planning approval or funding where adequate capacity is available at adjacent schools.
  2. Although the LEA establishes priorities for its local capital program, the evaluation of these priorities with respect to other projects in the State and the limited State funds available is a function of the IAC and the BPW. Projects may be recommended for deferral or modification so that more critically needed projects in the subdivision or in other subdivisions may proceed.
  3. The project classifications are as follows:
    1. Includes projects to replace or renovate all or parts of schools that have been in use for more than 40 years where the purpose is not to provide significant additional capacity.
    2. Includes projects to modernize by additions or renovations (other than "limited use" additions or renovations described in 8. below) to existing schools, which have been in use for more than 25 years, where the purpose is not to provide significant additional capacity.
    3. Includes projects to renovate portions of existing schools or to construct additions to schools which support local school systems in the implementation of State and local educational initiatives. These initiatives could include: prekindergarten, science, technology education and Maryland School Performance Program projects in "special assistance" schools.
    4. Includes projects to modernize by additions or renovations (other than "limited use" additions or renovations described in 8. below) to existing schools, which have been in use 15 to 25 years where the purpose is not to provide significant additional capacity.
    5. Includes projects to construct additions to existing schools to provide instructional space for significant additional student capacity. Within this category, preference will be given to basic instructional spaces such as classrooms and laboratories.
    6. Includes projects to build new schools where additions to schools in existing neighborhoods and communities are not possible or practical.
    7. Includes systemic renovation projects. These are renovations or replacements of a specific building system in a school facility which extends the useful life of the facility for a minimum of fifteen (15) years.
    8. Includes renovations or additions for "limited use" areas such as auditoriums, gyms, locker rooms, swimming pools, kitchens, cafeterias, site modifications, and outdoor education facilities.