The Facilities Division is responsible for the construction and maintenance of the ten Somerset County Public School buildings as well as the Central Office and Maintenance buildings. The goals of the Somerset County Public Schools Facilities Division are:
- To provide buildings that function at top efficiency.
- To provide buildings that are safe, sanitary, properly equipped, lighted, ventilated and aesthetically suited to promoting the goals of the schools.
- To maintain the plant, buildings and grounds and fixed equipment in such a manner as to eliminate or reduce; fires, accidents, and safety hazards.
- To provide continuous use of facilities without disruptions to the educational program.
- To protect public property by planned and scheduled repair or maintenance.
- To conserve energy by insuring that the maximum results are obtained with minimum expenditure of energy and human resources.
Somerset County Technical High School
With the support of the County Commissioners, the Board of Education authorized the completion of a comprehensive study to support the eventual renovation or replacement of the J.M. Tawes Technology and Career Center in August 2014. As a result, Becker Morgan Group, Inc. was selected to conduct a feasibility study in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Maryland State Department of Education’s School Facilities Branch. The purpose of the study was to assess the state of the existing facility and to prepare project options to provide a more efficient and flexible modern facility that will effectively accommodate current and future technology and career programs of study.
Based upon a comprehensive examination of the existing building and systems, review of current and future curriculum and program needs, and recommendations of staff and community members; replacement of the existing facility on the existing campus has been recommended. The construction of a new Technology and Career Center is estimated to be less costly than renovation and will provide a modern and flexible design that resolves all current program and building deficiencies. It will also allow for the future expansion of programs and services.
At their regular Board meeting on Tuesday November 18, 2014, the Somerset County School Board approved the recommendation of the study to begin planning for the construction of the new J.M. Tawes Technology and Career Center.
Following the recommendation of the replacement school, Educational Specifications were developed. The Educational Specifications describe the proposed educational programs, activities, area requirements, and the performance expectations of the proposed project and are provided to the architect/engineer as the basis for the design. The Educational Specifications were reviewed and approved by the Board of Education on Tuesday October 20, 2015.
The new school opened its doors to staff and students on September 3, 2019. Please check our dedicated project webpage for more information....click here.