Developer drops plans for Joppa Road child care center

News AlertThe developer of a planned child care center has backed off of the proposal.

Councilman David Marks, who strongly opposed the plan, released the following statement on Wednesday morning:

“I have just been informed that the developer of the proposed day care center at Joppa Road and Kahl Avenue has dropped plans for the project. There will be no hearing on September 25th (2019-0025-XA).

“I would like to thank all those who expressed their opinion about this proposal. I agreed that this was an inappropriate location, and I have encouraged the developer to look elsewhere.


“The zoning here is DR 1H, or one house per acre, which is as low as allowed for residential development. I initiated the downzoning here in 2016.”

The proposal, submitted on behalf of Joppa Road Daycare LLC, included 56 parking spaces , with 24-foot entrances off of Kahl Avenue and Joppa Road.

Twelve schools win Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge

baltimore-county-public-schools-bcpsBaltimore County is a little bit cleaner and greener thanks to the efforts of school children and community members who participated in this year’s Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge.

County Executive Don Mohler, Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Verletta White, and Debbie Phelps, Executive Director of the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, announced on Tuesday morning that twelve Baltimore County public schools were winners in this program, which resulted in thousands of volunteers participating in more than three hundred litter clean-ups around the county over the past year.

“We are just delighted with the enthusiastic response we’ve gotten to this program from our students, teachers and groups in the community who take pride in helping to clean up our neighborhoods and keep litter out of our waterways and the environment,” Mohler said.

“The Clean Green 15 Challenge is an effective, real-world way for our students to learn about the environment as they demonstrate pride in their schools and communities,” said BCPS Superintendent Verletta White.

“The Clean Green 15 challenge is a great, hands-on way for students and community members to get involved and make a difference by putting litter in its place,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Julian Jones.

Clean Green 15 Results:

Tons of Litter Collected, Thousands of Grant Dollars Distributed to Schools

The 2018 program resulted in 338 clean-ups conducted by 5,057 volunteers who picked up 3,471 bags of litter and debris. This is a 29% increase in volunteers over last year!

In addition to litter, Clean Green 15 volunteers collected many tons of bulk trash items from parks, stream banks, schoolyards and other locations around Baltimore County. Clean-ups included schoolchildren as well as community-based volunteer activity.

Through the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge, the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools awarded grants to the top winning schools to fund school-based instructional projects emphasizing the theme of environmental literacy.  Examples could include installing a reading garden or rain garden, planting trees, diverting downspouts, or environmental education projects. Six schools won Honorable Mention awards and received technology prizes.

Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge 

Winning Schools—2018

Grand Prize—Volunteers$3,000 grantReisterstown Elementary School
Grand Prize—Weight$3,000 grantGeneral John Stricker Middle School
Elementary Schools Prize$1,500 grantChesapeake Terrace Elementary School
Middle Schools Prize$1,500 grantParkville Middle School and Center for Technology
High Schools Prize$1,500 grantDulaney High School
Special Schools Prize$1,500 grantBattle Monument School
Honorable MentioniPadBear Creek Elementary School
Honorable MentioniPadEdgemere Elementary School
Honorable MentioniPadLansdowne High School
Honorable MentioniPadMilbrook Elementary School
Honorable MentioniPadPerry Hall Middle School
Honorable MentioniPadStoneleigh Elementary School

2018 Sponsors:

BGE, Comcast, Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability

Water main break leaves Overlea High School without service

Water Main BreakA major water main break is affecting the Overlea area on Tuesday morning.

The Department of Public Works reports that a twelve-inch main has ruptured at Overlea High School in the 5400-block of Kenwood Avenue.

Eighty residents, nine fire hydrants, and the high school are all without water at this hour.


The roadway in front of Overlea High School has been closed. The high school itself will also be closed on Tuesday.

Motorists should use an alternate route.

Winners of Baltimore County’s Clean Green 15 anti-litter initiative to be announced at Parkville Middle

Parkville Middle SchoolBaltimore County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Verletta White and Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler will announce the 12 winning schools of the annual “Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge.”

The announcement will be made at Parkville Middle School on Tuesday at 11 a.m.

The top performing schools will be awarded grants to create environmental projects. This year, the litter challenge involved more than 5,000 volunteers who participated in 338 clean-ups throughout Baltimore County, resulting in the removal of tons of trash from school and community properties. The anti-litter initiative encouraged BCPS schools and community organizations to conduct litter clean-ups and anti-littering outreach this past year.

Debbie Phelps, executive director of The Education Foundation of BCPS, will serve as the program emcee.

Through the initiative, participating groups registered their “Clean Green” events on the BCPS website and designated which BCPS school would receive credit for their efforts. Environmental literacy grants from The Education Foundation of BCPS are awarded to schools based on the clean-up activity credited to winning schools as well as other anti-litter education and outreach efforts.

Grants are to be used for school-based instruction that emphasizes the theme of environmental literacy. Sponsors include BGE, The Education Foundation of BCPS, the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, and BCPS.

Parkville Middle School is located at 8711 Avondale Road in Parkville (21234).


BCPS considering adding 15 minutes to school day

baltimore-county-public-schools-bcpsA Baltimore County Public Schools School Day Taskforce subcommittee is seeking public input on a recommendation to extend the school day.

The subcommittee is preparing this recommendation for submission to the superintendent.

The recommendation of the subcommittee is to extend the school day by 15 minutes.

Extending the school day by 15 minutes will add 45 additional hours to the school year. The addition of 45 hours will make it possible to meet all Maryland State Department of Education day and hour requirements and comply with the governor’s school start and stop dates; build more than the required three inclement weather days into the calendar; and reinstate the traditional week of spring break.

This recommendation has an approximate cost of $24 million and is being brought forth so it can be considered in the upcoming budget request cycle.

A public comment meeting on this recommendation will be held on:

Thursday, September 20, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Greenwood Campus – Building A
6901 N. Charles St., 21204

Community members interested in making comments will sign-up to speak and have 3 minutes to share their comments.

The public also may comment to the taskforce through the email address

The taskforce subcommittees on school start times and secondary schedules are continuing their research and will bring forth recommendations at a future date.