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Planning and Construction

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The Department of Planning and Construction manages a six-year capital program which includes systemic renovations, additions, new construction, school modernizations, and the purchase and movement of portable classrooms. Reports are provided to advise the Board on current and timely issues and as an overview of the program status.

Monthly Project Status Report 

Havre de Grace Middle/High School

Floor Plan


Project Update - March 2021

Havre de Grace Middle/High School opened in the fall of 2020. The old middle school and old high school have been demolished. Currently work continues to set up stormwater measures, then the removal of old concrete slabs and footings will begin, followed by site restoration which includes parking areas, sidewalks, playfields, and a bus loop.


Youth's Benefit Elementary School

Project Update - July 2019
Spring 2019

Site Contractor completed the storm water management facilities, and submitted as-builts to the County for final acceptance. The project is complete and in warranty period.

The Harford County Public Schools Planning and Construction Department wishes to extend its sincere gratitude for all efforts from all parties involved in this project. We are proud to provide such a wonderful new facility to our students, staff and community.  

About Us

construction blueprint

Planning and Construction develops school facilities that meet student population and educational program requirements and is responsible for managing resources that are organized to provide a variety of project management related services in the areas of school planning, design and construction for the purposes of modernizing, renovating and improving educational facilities.

Through the management of in-house staff and out-sourced contracted services Planning and Construction will effectively and efficiently manage the delivery of services associated with the Capital Improvement Program. The department utilizes demographic information, educational specifications, procurement practices, architectural and engineering parameters, and budget data to deliver planning and construction related services in support of High Student Achievement.

Master Plan

Maryland State Rules, Regulations, and Procedures for the Administration of the School Construction Program require that Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) and each Local Education Agency (LEA) annually submit an amended copy of the Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) by July 1st.

Each year, HCPS reviews and analyzes the capital needs of the school system. A capital budget is recommended by the Superintendent to the Board of Education (Board) for approval. The Board adopts a capital budget prior to October 1st.

The EFMP is a planning tool that addresses the LEA’s projected facility needs. The information, analysis, and conclusions validate the priorities for the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). In order to develop a capital program, HCPS must consider:

  • System-wide program requirements
  • Age of existing facilities
  • Student enrollment
  • School capacity
  • Population trends
  • Residential development
  • Condition of existing building systems

Capital Improvement

Each year the Board of Education, school staff, and community, review and analyze the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for the Board to establish priorities as it secures County and State funding for capital improvements and program requirements. Projects may be funded over several years and allocations may be carried forward over multiple years until a project or initiative is completed. In the development of the CIP HCPS must consider:

  • Student enrollment
  • Building capacity
  • Population growth
  • Building condition
  • Educational program requirements
  • Technology requirements