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Baltimore County to air-condition 5 more schools

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz on Wednesday announced that five more schools in the county will have air-conditioning installed, bringing to 123 the number of air-conditioned schools, attended by some 30,000 students.

The $29.2 million cost will be shared by the county and the state, with the county paying $17.2 million, using bond premium money it earned from its Nov. 29, 2012, bond sale. (The premium is the amount paid to a bond-seller when the coupon rate on the bonds is higher than prevailing interest rates.)

Four of the five schools to be newly air-conditioned are elementary-level: Featherbed Lane, Hawthorne, Scotts Branch and Wellwood International, and one is a middle school, Parkville.

Of the county’s 160 school buildings, 37 are not air-conditioned.