Governor Larry Hogan is making no commitments as to how much the state will kick in to help Baltimore County pay for a new Dulaney High School, despite concerns about the cost of the project.
Hogan toured Dulaney Monday afternoon and it had the feel of a victory lap for the governor, after years of leaning on County Executive Kevin Kamenetz about conditions in the county schools.
Hogan wondered whether Kamenetz changed his mind about Dulaney and gave it the green light last week after hearing the governor was coming.
Kamenetz is a Democrat, and is running for the party's gubernatorial nomination.
At the end of his tour, Hogan was given several school pens by principal Sam Wynkoop.
“Those pens we’re hoping can sign some piece of legislation,” Wynkoop said.
“How about funding for Dulaney High?" Hogan added.
But, when it comes to funding, the governor is making no promises. A new Dulaney High is expected to cost around $140 million. Officials say the state can pay up to 56 percent of that. But when asked, the governor would not commit.
“That’s a good question," Hogan said. "I don’t know what the details are on that. I know in some places we pay a small percentage, in Baltimore City we pay 90 percent of all the construction. Baltimore County is somewhere close to 50-50.”
Baltimore County officials say not so, that the state usually chips in around one-third of school construction costs.
County Councilman Tom Quirk for one said he’s concerned about the high cost of the new school, particularly when neither Kamenetz nor Hogan will offer details on how to pay for it. Quirk said he will propose the council delete from the county executive’s budget planning money for a new Dulaney, so the project can be delayed until a new county executive and county council take over after the fall elections.