Councilman Marks: Planning money secured for new high schools

baltimore-county-public-schools-bcpsBaltimore County Councilman David Marks confirmed on Tuesday that planning money will be in the upcoming capital budget to advance a new Towson High School and a high school in central or northeastern Baltimore County.

By 2026, Baltimore County Public Schools anticipates that Towson High will be 456 students over its state-rated capacity. Two schools in the central and northeastern Baltimore County will also be overcrowded, with Dulaney High School at 188 students over its state-recommended capacity by 2026, and Perry Hall High at 234 students overcapacity.

“I am delighted by this news from the County Executive’s office,” Councilman Marks said. “As overcrowding has worsened, Towson High School has been a priority for parents in my district who recognize we need a new campus at that location. The construction of a new northeastern high school, meanwhile, has been the ‘Holy Grail’ in our area for so many years. I have personally worked on this issue for nearly two decades. Many thanks to the parents and community leaders, and to School Board members such as Julie Henn, for their advocacy and leadership.”

The planning money begins the process of building the new schools, and there are many questions that will be reviewed by engineers and experts from the school system. The next administration and County Council will need to allocate funding for construction.

16 BCPS students named National Merit semifinalists

National Merit ScholarshipSixteen Baltimore County Public Schools students from eight high schools have been named semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program coordinated by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

The honored students are:

Dulaney High School
Samantha T. Engler
Sherry Guo
Abhinav S. Khushalani
Adabelle Xie
Megan Zhang

Franklin High School
Mckenzie K. Patrick

George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
Michael A. Krasnitski
Diana Liepinya

Hereford High School
Justin D. Ciemian
Tyler T. Honeywell

Loch Raven High School
Caleb A. Lacey

Perry Hall High School
Malachi M. Fowler

Towson High School
Ciara E. Donegan
Kristin M. Donegan
Olivia T. Goodrich

Western School of Technology and Environmental Science
Albert J. Ko

“We are so proud of these BCPS students for their demonstrated commitment to academic achievement and for taking full advantage of the instruction and support provided by teachers, families, and administrators,” said BCPS Interim Superintendent Verletta White. “We wish our semifinalists well as they compete for finalist ranking, and we look forward to following their post-graduate careers.”

About 1.6 million juniors from more than 22,000 high schools applied for the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by participating in the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NSMQT®). The highest scoring entrants in each state create the national pool of 16,000 semifinalists, which represents less than 1 percent of high school seniors in the nation. Most semifinalists advance to the finalist level (based on their academic records, recommendations and SAT scores) and compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships.

Through its longstanding partnership with the College Board, which administers the PSAT/NSMQT, Baltimore County Public Schools provides funding so that all students in Grades 9, 10, and 11 students can take the PSAT/NSMQT at no charge to them or their families and that all Grade 11 students can take the SAT at no charge. The PSAT test provides practice for the SAT and provides BCPS educators with important assessments of student strengths and challenges.

Sgt. Eric Houck’s name added to Baltimore County war memorial

Eric HouckOver the weekend, contractors added the name of Sergeant Eric M. Houck, formerly of Perry Hall, to the Baltimore County memorial commemorating those who have died in the Persian Gulf.

The Department of Defense announced in June that Sgt. Houck, 25, had died while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Two other soldiers were also killed.

The men died on Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of gunshot wounds sustained in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The other two men killed were Sgt. William M. Bays, 29 of Barstow, California; and Corporal Dillon C. Baldridge, 22 of Youngsville, North Carolina.

The Persian Gulf Veterans Memorial was completed in November 2016 and is located on the grounds of the Baltimore County Historic Courthouse near Pennsylvania Avenue in Towson.

The memorial honors those Baltimore County residents who served in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Baltimore County War Memorial Houck 1

Baltimore County War Memorial

Boundary process for new Honeygo-area school to begin next month

baltimore-county-public-schools-bcpsThe boundary process for the new Honeygo-area elementary school will begin next month, and the meetings will be open to the public.

Baltimore County Public Schools has undertaken a $1.3 billion “Schools for Our Future” capital plan to add capacity to support increasing enrollment and to improve facilities, including accelerating the process of air-conditioning all schools.

The construction of a new northeast-area elementary school located near the intersection of Joppa Road and Honeygo Boulevard is underway.

It will open for students in the 2018-2019 school year.

The boundary process for the new northeast=area elementary school will start in September 2017 and a recommendation will be presented to the Board of Education for a decision in March 2018.


The meetings will be held at 6 p.m. at Perry Hall High School on September 6, September 20, October 4, October 18, October 25, November 15, and December 6.  All meetings are on Wednesdays.

For more information, view the event(s) on Faecbook here.