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School Report IDs $2.4B In Infrastructure Needs

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore city school officials say an assessment of more than 150 school buildings identified $2.4 billion in infrastructure needs.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the inventory of the system’s facilities released Tuesday identified 50 of the system’s schools as candidates for either closure or rebuilding. The report also found the system overall has roughly 26,000 unfilled seats.

The report is expected to guide a plan that could lead to the closure or rebuilding of dozens of schools. The system wants to improve the physical conditions of buildings and support the impending implementation of more rigorous standards.

School officials will meet with school communities throughout the summer to discuss plans and recommendations about which schools will be renovated, rebuilt or closed will be made in November.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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