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Calls Verletta White a Wise Choice 
 

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz issued the following statement in response to the Board of Education announcing the appointment of an interim Superintendent of Schools:
 
"The Board of Education made a wise choice selecting Chief Academic Officer Verletta White, who has 25 years of experience in the County school system, and will ensure continuation of our legacy of success," said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. 


$40 Million School Will More than Double Student Capacity

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Baltimore County Schools Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance celebrated the start of construction of a replacement school for the outdated and overcrowded Lansdowne Elementary School this morning. A lively crowd of students, staff and community leaders applauded the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new $40 million school, which will increase capacity from 313 students to 700 and is scheduled to open to students for the 2018-2019 school year.

“We are delighted to break ground on a brand new Lansdowne Elementary School, which will meet Baltimore County’s growing enrollment needs while providing a modern learning environment to provide our students with the tools they need to succeed,” said County Executive Kamenetz. “In keeping with our 10-year, $1.3 billion Schools for Our Future program, the largest of its kind in the state's history, we are in the final stages of building 16 new schools, 12 additions and seven major renovations.”

“This is an exciting step forward for the entire Lansdowne community,” said Dr. Dance. “This spacious, modern new schoolhouse will offer students a vibrant educational setting that will empower them to grow and succeed.” 


Adds more than 1,700 seats to address middle school overcrowding in the northeast area

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced today that the budget he presents to the County Council this Thursday will include $7 million in planning and design funding for a new 1,500 seat middle school in Perry Hall and a 200-300 seat addition at Pine Grove Middle School to relieve overcrowding in the northeast area. Construction on the projects is expected to begin in 2019 with the school and addition opening in 2021.

“I have been reviewing this issue for over a year. Superintendent Dance and his team proposed a solution for the Perry Hall area, and I am delighted to include funding for these projects in my budget proposal,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

In 2011, Baltimore County Executive Kamenetz embarked on a $1.3 billion Schools for our Future program to address the school system’s dual dilemma of rising enrollment and aging infrastructure.  It’s the most ambitious school construction initiative in the history of the State in such a short period of time.

With those funds, the County is building, or is in the midst of building, 16 new schools, 12 additions and 7 significant renovations. Baltimore County has contributed $2 for every dollar from the State to complete these projects.

"We are extremely appreciative the County Executive has addressed our need for middle school seats. By focusing on a comprehensive solution, we can now work to bring relief to several of our middle schools that are at capacity or scheduled to be within the upcoming years," said Dr. S. Dallas Dance, Baltimore County Public School Superintendent.

“We have spent a tremendous amount of money in the County and in my district on school construction over the past six years, but the issue of middle school overcrowding was an area that still required a solution,” said 6th District Councilwoman Cathy Bevins. “I’ve been talking with Dr. Dance and the County Executive about funding projects to address this issue, and adding 1,700 middle school seats in the northeast area is great news. It would make real sense to build the new school on the Nottingham property that the school system already owns.”

“This is fantastic,” said long-time Perry Hall advocate Bill Paulshock, who graduated from both Perry Hall Middle and Perry Hall High. “Since the day he was elected, County Executive Kamenetz has supported the Perry Hall-White Marsh area more than any elected official in history. His commitment to recreation and parks and our schools is nothing short of phenomenal.”

“By any standard, this is remarkable progress,” said Kamenetz. “Our students and teachers deserve no less.”


 
 
Revised September 26, 2016