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BCPS to hold virtual public forums on improving overcrowded northeast Baltimore County high schools

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools has scheduled two community forums during the next two months to review options and solicit feedback on how best to improve buildings, enhance school use, and provide capacity relief for high schools in the county’s northeast area.

The forums are part of a long-term study on planning for improvement in the county’s high schools. Schools under study in the northeast include Kenwood, Loch Raven, Overlea, Parkville, and Perry Hall high school.

Additional information about the forums may be found at Northeast Area High School Study website. Public input will be accepted through an online comment form that will be available to the public following the first meeting on March 2, 2022.

“Advancing school construction projects has been one of my highest priorities since in office,” said Baltimore County Councilman David Marks. “The northeast faces a growing seat shortage as well as aging, unhealthy school facilities. I have advocated for funding to address these needs and appreciate County Executive Olszewski’s commitment of $5.5 million to conduct a Northeast Area High School Study to evaluate options and to provide planning funding for the replacement and/or renovations of northeast high school/s. I am pleased that the study is moving forward and look forward to learning the recommendations.”

The 90-minute community forums will be virtual and will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

“This Board has consistently asked our State and County partners for increased school construction funds to provide the modern, healthy facilities our students and educators need for teaching and learning,” said Baltimore County Board of Education Chair Julie Henn. “And they have delivered. We are extremely fortunate to now be positioned to address our northeast high school needs – both seats and condition – and to have a long-term plan to address our facility needs countywide for all students. That remains the Board’s goal.”

Both Marks and Henn emphasized the importance of community involvement in the development of the northeast high school recommendations and urge participation in the upcoming forums and online survey.

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