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Council Members Given ‘Impression’ Of New School in Timonium

Vicki Almond and David Marks weigh in on the School Board’s decision to potentially build an elementary school in Mays Chapel.

, who represents the majority of Lutherville-Timonium and Cockeysville, was after a lunch meeting with Board of Education officials two weeks ago.

The reason?

Huff believed that the Baltimore County Public Schools System had already decided to build —without keeping him in the loop. (See attached PDF.)

A school system spokesman, however, said that he could not confirm that was the case and that an official location for a new elementary school has not been finalized.

In an interview with Patch, Huff said fellow councilmembers and attended the lunch meeting on Feb. 10.

Both Almond and Marks said that they were given “the impression” that the 20-acre plot of land in Mays Chapel would likely become the new home for a 700-seat elementary school.  Although, both could not conclude definitively that a decision was announced at the meeting.

“My impression is that Mays Chapel has been on the Board’s mind as a school site for a long time,” Almond said.  “I know it’s their preferred site.”

Almond said she and her colleagues were told that other sites were not financially feasible, that “this would be a good site for an elementary school.

“They were telling us that this site shouldn’t be a surprise to you,” she continued. 

Marks echoed Almond’s interpretation of what was said at the meeting, which included , among other public school officials.

“They gave me the impression that it was their preferred site ... the one that made the most sense,” said Marks, who represents the majority of Towson.

He added that a new school in Timonium would lessen “severe overcrowding” issues elsewhere in the York Road corridor, including at . Some students there to the adjacent Ridge Ruxton School next fall, officials announced in January.

To see Huff’s full statement on the subject, click on the attached PDF document above.  

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New school in Timonium: Necessary? Unwanted? Voice your opinion in the comments section below.

M Lee C February 25, 2012 at 10:41 AM
MLC, parent Mays Chapel- Currently most of the children either go to Pinewood Elem or private school. Pinewood is also experiencing increasing enrollment, and I believe now has it's largest student population ever. A new elem tart school is exactly what is needed at that site. And though my children will be beyond elem school by the time it would open, as long as I am in the area I will be a supporter.
LisaL February 27, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Agree completely. Many of the communities in our area are attracting younger families. Pinewood class size has hovered around 25 since my kids first started there & will only increase. Good neighborhoods need good schools. Better to plan for likely future growth than put it off until Pinewood is splitting at the seams.
kindman February 28, 2012 at 12:25 PM
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kindman February 28, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Why hasn't the Orchard Hills ES site been considered. It seems to make more sense considering that the overcrowding is worse in the Towson area schools. A school very close to West Towson ES would alleviate the misstep by the county in building only a 450 seat school in the first place.
Jean Suda March 02, 2012 at 06:18 PM
The park-like nature of the Mays Chapel "park", which has always been the property of BCPS will not be destroyed by building a much-needed elementary school. Take a look at Pinewood. There is plenty of open space for local residents to enjoy when students are in class, and after school and on weekends. The walking path could be preserved, as well as the forest buffer area with walking path favored by many of us who walk our dogs there. The park was never to be for the exclusive use of the Mays Chapel development. And it is not the only park-like area in the neighborhood.

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