Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The school system was considering a move to the county-owned Jefferson Building, which is also in Towson.
The people have spoken, and the Baltimore County Board of Education will continue holding its meetings at the school system's Greenwood Campus, at 6901 Charles Street in Towson. Baltimore County Public Schools invited interested parties to share feedback on a proposal to hold school board meetings at the county-owned Jefferson Building, at 105 W. Chesapeake Avenue in Towson, through an online survey. "It seemed to be a fairly substantial majority which indicated that they prefer the arrangement here at Greenwood," said Lawrence Schmidt, board president, at a Tuesday night meeting. Officials said the move would have resulted in efficiencies as some Baltimore County Public Schools offices relocate to the building, saving the system $1.5 …
Monday, January 14, 2013
The majority of speakers opposed building a new elementary school at Mays Chapel Park.
The Baltimore County Public Schools Board of Education heard testimony Monday evening regarding a proposal to build a 700-seat elementary school at Mays Chapel Park to alleviate severe overcrowding in schools along the York Road corridor. Sound familiar? It should. Monday’s hearing at Loch Raven High School was the second meeting held to vet public opinion concerning construction of a new school in Timonium at the site of what is currently Mays Chapel Park. The site was approved by the Baltimore County Board of Education last year. The state board of education, however, sent the process back for a second hearing for violating state law pertaining to legal notice requirements for the March 19, 2012 site selection hearing. “Our battle cry …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Parents from the Dundalk elementary school, which is slated for a merger with two other area schools, complained about communications from the school system.
Parents of students at Eastwood Elementary Magnet School in Dundalk packed a Tuesday night Board of Education meeting to say they felt duped by the school system. During a Dec. 10 meeting at Holabird Middle School, school officials broke the news to Dundalk families that they intend to merge Eastwood, Holabird and Norwood Elementary Schools. The process includes shutting down the Eastwood facility, although the school system denies this means the end of the school. The closure of the Eastwood facility is part of a larger plan by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to sell property to construct new county buildings. The Eastwood property may be used for a new police precinct. "We feel betrayed," Eric Williams, an Eastwood parent, said to the …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Councilman Ken Oliver chastises Chairwoman Vicki Almond for late introduction of amendments to his bill affecting the Metro Centre at Owings Mills.
A disagreement Monday night over amendments to a bill impacting an Owings Mills development led Baltimore County Councilman Ken Oliver to publicly accuse two of his colleagues of working for attorneys of a rival development. A clearly irritated Oliver questioned the motives of Council Chairwoman Vicki Almond and Councilwoman Cathy Bevins after several amendments were introduced immediately prior to the vote. Bevins, an Oliver Beach Democrat who represents Essex, Middle River and Parkville, co-sponsored three sets of amendments that affect the Owings Mills area, split by Oliver and Almond. "How are you going to put an amendment on my bill at the last minute without asking me," Oliver said to Almond. "Is this how were going to legislate in …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
A local parent of a Baltimore County Public Schools student offers his opinion on the president of the county Board of Education.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
By Dave Greene Let me start by saying that Mr. Schmidt is an improvement over the two previous presidents of the BCPS Board of Education. Among his strengths: he is likeable, articulate and intelligent. He runs meetings skillfully and has an appealing sense of humor with just the right touch of self-deprecation. That said, he has a long way to go before he gets a passing grade. In testifying against an elected school board before Baltimore County delegates last Friday morning in Annapolis, Mr. Schmidt opened his comments with the observation that Maryland schools are ranked #1 in the country. In saying this, he is not alone. Almost every politician and school administrator reflexively recites this factoid at the beginning of every speech …