For the past several years, Somerset County parents, community members, Board of Education members, the Superintendent, and countless others have been envisioning an educational facility that could provide the type of Career and Technology training that Somerset County students deserve. We are currently underway with the construction of the NEW Somerset County Technical High School!
Q: Will my child be able to attend the new J.M. Tawes?
A: Students graduating in 2020 or later will have the opportunity to attend the new J.M. Tawes Technology and Career Center.
Q: Are there any new programs being added? Have
any programs been removed?
A: Three new Maryland Programs of Study will be added to the new facility: Pre-Engineering Project Lead the Way, Medium-Heavy Truck Technician, and Horticulture. All existing programs will remain and will be aligned with the Maryland Programs of Study curriculums.
Q: How were the new programs selected? Why were some programs left out?
A: Several steps were taken to develop the final list of program offerings. Those steps included gathering local market data, examining employment trends, surveying current students, and assessing programs in the neighboring jurisdictions. Some programs were proposed but ultimately not supported by the Maryland Division of Career and College Readiness due to the lack of post-graduate employment opportunities in specific fields here in Somerset County.
Q: Who will pay for the construction of this new building?
A: The Maryland Public School Construction Program
obtains funding through annual appropriations submitted in the Governor's budget and approved by the Maryland General Assembly and allocates that funding to projects throughout the State each year as a part of the Capital Improvement process. Somerset County has a State-Local cost share percentage of 100%. This means that, pending an extensive approval process, the State will pay for 100% of eligible construction costs. The local government will be responsible for the remaining ineligible costs such as: architectural/engineering design fees, building permits, local building inspections, test borings, topographical surveys, movable furniture, furnishings and equipment, and other miscellaneous ineligible costs. The total project budget is $42 MILLION!!!!
Q: What’s going to happen to the old building?
A: The existing JM Tawes Technology and Career Center is currently shared with the Board of Education staff. The building will remain the central office for Somerset County Public Schools once the new Technology and Career Center has been completed. The new building will be on the same campus but in an area that is currently undeveloped.
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