Baltimore County News
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.”
3,000 free backpacks to be distributed at three locations
School children from around Baltimore County are invited to celebrate the beginning of the new school year at three back-to-school events featuring free backpacks with school supplies (while supplies last) and resource fairs offering:
- health information
- Police officers, Fire personnel, fire engines, police cars, K-9 dogs, McGruff the crime dog, CPR demonstrations
- non-profit and community organizations
The events are scheduled Tuesday, August 23 from 3 – 7 p.m. at these locations:
Banneker Community Center
27 Main Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228
Randallstown Community Center 3505 Resource Drive
Randallstown, MD 21133
Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center
323 Sollers Point Road
Dundalk, MD 21222
The Back to School events are co-hosted by the Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore Foundation, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. S. Dallas Dance.
“Having grown up in Baltimore, I am grateful for the opportunity to use my success to make a difference for kids who are growing up in underserved communities. I want kids to know that they can accomplish anything they set their mind to, and to realize that a good education is the key to success,” said Kevin Liles, president and CEO of KWL Enterprises, a holding company that manages a portfolio of brands in talent management, brand development, marketing and philanthropy.
“I want to thank Kevin Liles and his foundation for their commitment to helping our students succeed in all aspects of their lives,” County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said. “These back to school events are a great opportunity for students to get engaged and start the school year on strong footing.”
“Going back to school is an exciting time for students, parents, educators, and the whole community we know as Team BCPS,” said Dr. Dance. “We appreciate the partnership with County Executive Kamenetz and the Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore Foundation to help our students arrive at school next week excited and ready to learn.”
About Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore:
The mission of the Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore Foundation is to improve the quality of life for youth in the Greater Baltimore Area. The foundation provides youth with exposure to social, educational, economic, cultural and civic opportunities that they may not otherwise experience.
County agencies win 2016 National Association of Counties Achievement Awards
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that four Baltimore County agencies have been awarded 2016 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo).
“Baltimore Countians are lucky to have very dedicated and capable employees who are focused on improving County services and the overall quality of life in Baltimore County,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “I congratulate these employees on developing award-winning programs that benefit our residents and will be looked to as national models by other jurisdictions,” he said.
The Baltimore County agencies that merited national recognition include:
- Department of Aging for their Volunteer Recognition Luncheon and Community Resources Publication
- Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, Baltimore County Public Schools and the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Schools for the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge
- Department of Aging for the Food for Thought Initiative
“These programs are truly exceptional and they exemplify good government and innovative thinking,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Vicki Almond.