Education, Politics

Councilman Marks: Baltimore County School Board should reject plan to split Perry Hall Middle School in half

PERRY HALL, MD—Baltimore County Councilman David Marks issued the following statement regarding the northeast/central middle school boundary discussion:

“Over the years, I have generally avoided becoming involved in the redistricting process that is done by the Baltimore County Board of Education. I know this is a tough process and I respect the work that the parent/student committee invests in this effort.

“The boundary process should make every effort to respect the historical boundaries of all communities.

“Regrettably, I have seen options advance that run counter to this spirit, including at least one that splits Perry Hall in half along Belair Road, sending the western section to Pine Grove Middle School and the eastern area to Perry Hall Middle School.

“This and other proposals are extremely disruptive to established communities, and they should be rejected. The boundary committee and the Board should honor our historical neighborhoods and aim for compactness wherever possible. That applies not just to Perry Hall, but every other community in Baltimore County.

“I would like to thank our Fifth District representative on the Board of Education, Julie Henn, for her open communication with me and with parents. Board member Henn has created a Facebook group to encourage input from parents and other residents.

“I encourage all to be engaged in this important process.”

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