Baltimore County News
Schools without central air reduced from 90 to just 13 this fall
Special thanks to the students and staff of West Towson Elementary School.
County building 15 new schools, 11 additions, 8 renovations, 90 air conditioning projects
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Baltimore County Public School Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance updated members of the County’s house and senate delegations in Annapolis on the progress of the County’s $1.3 billion Schools for our Future program. The program, begun in 2011, will provide 15 new schools, 11 additions, 8 major renovations, and 90 central air conditioning projects. This fall, only 13 schools remain without central air; of those, 6 will be newly constructed replacement schools.
“When I was elected in 2010, our school infrastructure was in sad state, with 80% of our schools more than 40 years old,” said County Executive Kamenetz. “Ninety schools did not have air conditioning, we had severe overcrowding at the elementary school level, and our schools needed serious technology and security upgrades. With Superintendent Dance, BCPS stakeholders, and our county council and state legislators, we devised the $1.3 billion Schools for our Future program to solve the problem. No county in the history of this state has ever invested more money for school construction in such a short period of time. We are particularly pleased that we are able to install central air conditioning in the same amount of time that it would have taken to install portable air, with no increase in the tax rates, which is a real testament to the Baltimore County way of operating government.”
“I am delighted to report that all of our projects are moving forward,” said Dr. Dance. “I arrived in the County five years ago, and I immediately recognized that we had serious infrastructure issues. Working with the County Executive, County Council, Board of Education, and our state delegation, we have made historic progress, and the real beneficiaries of that effort are our students, teachers, and administrators who work in these buildings every day.”
Free Resource Fair Offers Resources for Professionals, Parents and Families
Baltimore County is holding its Ninth Annual Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Resource Fair from noon to 4 p.m., Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Oregon Ridge Lodge (13401 Beaver Dam Road). With a collaboration of more than nine agencies, the Fair will feature resources for professionals as well as parents and families of children or adolescents with mental health or substance use disorder issues.
Last year, 55 different mental health and substance use disorder treatment vendors were showcased at the Fair. This year similar agencies will be featured as well as a keynote presentation at 1 p.m. by Dr. Mohammed Younus, a psychiatrist with Associated Catholic Charities. Dr. Younus will discuss scientific determinants of child and adolescent behavior.
During this event, parents, family members, counselors, and other professionals will have an opportunity to learn about resources, network with other families, and speak informally with service providers in Baltimore County. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided from noon to 1 PM. Pre-registration is requested, but not required. To register, visit
https://bacochildresourcefair2016.eventbrite.com or call 410-887-3828.
The Fair is sponsored by Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services, Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore County Office of the Public Defender, Mental Health Association of Maryland, Associated Catholic Charities, The Children’s Guild, Thrive Behavioral Health, Abundant Living Resources and A Better Tomorrow Starts Today.