Anne Arundel County officials broke ground Thursday on a new Crofton High School.
The $124.5 million school is expected to serve about 1,700 students. The ground breaking followed Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting where $61 million in Crofton High School contracts were approved. The school is slated to open in 2020.
Crofton High School has been long sought. A coalition of Crofton families have been asking for the school as the county’s high schools have trended toward over capacity.
Arundel High School was projected to be at 105-percent capacity, according to Anne Arundel County Public School enrollment numbers. Annapolis High School was projected to be at 97 percent; North County at 95 percent.
The Build Crofton High School pressed the county for years to build the project. Their purple shirts were commonplace at school and county council meetings. They had support from County Councilman Jerry Walker, R-Crofton.
The school is the first new high school that isn’t a replacement or redevelopment of a school. It’s part of a slew of school construction that Schuh has touted as the county’s commitment to better educational facilities and upgrades.
Other projects include $41 million for Arnold Elementary and $45.2 million for Jessup Elementary construction. These are buildings that will serve as replacement schools.
These projects and others were made possible because the county changed the lifespan of its bonds from 20 to 30 years in 2015. The controversial decision expanded the county’s borrowing power but also guaranteed additional years of interest payments.