Anne Arundel County Public Schools recently broke ground on the new Crofton Area High School. The project is a $124.5 million, 275,768-square-foot high school that will serve approximately 1,700 students when completed. Enrollment in its first year is projected to be 10% lower than the average high school enrollment in the county.
The last incrementally new high school constructed in the county was Broadneck High School, which was completed in 1982. Crofton High School is slated to open in fall 2020.
Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh first proposed funding for a master plan, design and construction for the school in his fiscal 2016 budget; the County Council eventually approved it in his fiscal 2017 budget. Other projects in the six-year capital plan and funded in fiscal 2018 include the following.
• Arnold Elementary (construction), $41 million
• Jessup Elementary (construction), $45.2 million
• Manor View Elementary (construction), $34.4 million
• High Point Elementary (construction), $40.5 million
• George Cromwell Elementary (construction), $32.7 million
• Edgewater Elementary (design), $40.2 million
• Tyler Heights Elementary (design), $38.1 million
• Richard Henry Lee (design), $34.6 million
These capital projects were made possible through the JumpStart Anne Arundel capital project financing program. Enacted in 2015, the capital plan embraces a 30-year bond financing option. This reform has allowed Anne Arundel County to expand its capital funding program and make critical school, public safety, road and quality of life infrastructure improvements.