Anne Arundel Schools Receive Top Scores For Exemplary Maintenance Standards


Anne Arundel County boasts 121 active school facilities with an average age of 30.1 years. (Photo Credit: Jacob Baumgart/ Patch)

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY - Anne Arundel County Schools were recognized for their exemplary maintenance standards in the Interagency Commission on School Construction's (IAC) 2023 Fiscal Year report.

The commission awarded Anne Arundel County an "Adequate" rating across all 21 active facilities, amounting to an average overall score of 75.51%—the highest among Maryland school districts.

Per the report, the county boasts 121 active school facilities with an average age of 30.1 years. Combined, these facilities span an impressive 13,902,130 square feet, averaging 170 square feet per student.

The report praised Anne Arundel County for its proactive maintenance measures, emphasizing its annual inspections of roofing components to enhance structure longevity. The county also performed well in terms of safety, with all assessed schools having functional exterior doors and consistently checked emergency exits. Additionally, four schools achieved a "Superior" rating in conveyance for their impeccable chairlifts and elevators.

Despite the county's overall strong performance, minor deficiencies were identified at Belvedere Elementary, Phoenix Academy, and Severna Park Middle.

Among the highlighted concerns were kitchen walk-in equipment with dirty coils, not listed on the Preventative Maintenance schedules, found at four facilities. Ten facilities demonstrated improper or unsafe storage practices, at times obstructing essential egress routes or equipment.

Safety concerns emerged at seven facilities, stemming from inoperative emergency lights, faulty exit signs, and eyewash stations. Additionally, 13 facilities lacked repairs for roadways, parking lots, and walkways in their maintenance schedules. Of these, five had uneven surfaces, posing potential trip hazards.

The comprehensive report is available on the IAC website.

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