I am writing to share my excitement about yesterday’s groundbreaking for the Northern High School replacement. The $80 million Northern High School Replacement project received $10 million in the state capital budget this year and will be receiving almost $30 million in additional state funding in the future. This project has been years in the making and it is a tremendous advancement for Calvert County that we should all celebrate.

We all know that student learning is affected by their environment and that student achievement can be harmed by rundown, obsolete and unhealthy facilities. That is why in the last 10 years, the state of Maryland has allocated $3.9 billion in the capital budget for public school construction. This has far exceeded the statutory goal of $250 million as the annual school construction funding target.

We are pleased that the state of Maryland has made such a large commitment to Northern High School and Calvert County, as most states don’t provide any direct funding to local government for school construction. In many states, citizens pay additional local school taxes or assessments to meet their school district’s K-12 education needs.

We continue to be proud of the support of public K-12 education from the state, as well as from Calvert County Government, and I believe the citizens of Calvert County and the entire state can be as well. Education continues to be the key to unlocking the future of the children in Calvert County and across the state and we must continue to support it in every way we can.