County leaders and students at Scotts Branch Elementary School. Photo via Johnny Olszewski/Twitter.

Baltimore County has allocated nearly $70 million for school construction in the county’s 2023 budget, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced today.

“Baltimore County children and educators need and deserve safe and modern school facilities, which is why we are investing historic resources to fulfill this promise,” Olszewski said in an announcement at Scotts Branch Elementary School.

The county set aside $2.4 million to rebuild Scotts Branch Elementary, which was previously slated for renovation, Olszewski said.

The budget will also include $19 million for a like-new Towson High School and the design stage for a new Dulaney High School.

The school rebuilds and renovations are part of the county’s Multiyear Improvement Plan for All Schools, a $2.5 billion plan to improve every school in the county over 15 years.

“Every student deserves the best possible school, with the best possible educational outcomes, regardless of their zip code,” said House Speaker Adrienne Jones.

The budget also includes funding for a new Red House Run Elementary, additions at Dundalk High School and Pine Grove Middle School, and funds to address overcrowding in the Northeast and Southeast areas of the county.

The new investments will join previously funded projects such as a new Deer Park Elementary School and Lansdowne High School.