ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Today, County Executive Calvin Ball announced the acquisition of land for the future elementary school site in the Turf Valley development. This acquisition creates sorely needed school capacity in the County’s Northern Region for elementary schools, where all 6 elementary schools have been above 100 percent of capacity utilization for 6 of the past 8 years. With this purchase, the County will invest $5.75 million to secure 10 acres of land for the construction of the County’s 44th elementary school. In May, the County Council approved County Executive Ball’s budget proposal to allocate the final $2 million needed to acquire the property. Photos of the event can be found here.
All our students and educators deserve the best teaching and learning environment to thrive, which is why school construction has been one of my top priorities. The need for an elementary school in Turf Valley was identified in 2015, and the intent to purchase this land was announced in 2017. After years of delays, we will finally acquire this property and build on our substantial investment in critical school construction projects.