Rodgers Forge Parents Concerned Over West Towson Crowding Plans
The PTA there sent out a letter asking for answers from school officials.
Parents at Rodgers Forge Elementary School are uneasy about what they fear might be history repeating itself.
In response to word that Baltimore County schools officials were considering an enrollment cap at West Towson Elementary, the Rodgers Forge PTA worries about another round of the overcrowding that led to West Towson Elementary's construction several years ago. As the PTA writes in a letter to its parents:
Rodgers Forge suffered through years of severe overcrowding, with more than 700 students in a school built for 396. We don’t want to see that happen again. We’ve asked [Principal Susan] Deise for details about this plan, but she doesn’t have enough information to provide us with answers.
Parents, you need to immediately let Baltimore County Public Schools officials know that we are not going back to the days of overcrowding! What did that mean for us? It meant dividers to turn one classroom into two; nine portable classrooms on the playground; “art on a cart” instead of an art room; no computer lab; music class held on the auditorium stage; a portion of the library being turned into a classroom; after-school clubs virtually disappearing; fourth graders being annexed to Dumbarton Middle School—the list goes on.
Later in the letter, parents ask for answers from school officials, including what other plans the school system has in place and how the cap could impact Rodgers Forge.
West Towson Elementary opened in 2010, and it was built primarily to relieve overcrowding at Rodgers Forge. The school soon grew ahead of projections, and with no room for trailers at West Towson, school officials have fewer options. If an enrollment cap were to be implemented, those students would have to be sent to other nearby schools. School officials have not yet said how that might work.