Baltimore County News
County in Final Stages of Building 16 New Schools, 12 Additions and 7 Major Renovations
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz included funds in his FY18 budget to accelerate the construction of four elementary schools in the County. Berkshire and Colgate Elementary Schools in Dundalk as well as Bedford Elementary in Pikesville and Chadwick Elementary in Woodlawn are all being moved forward by two or three years.
“With every school that we complete, we are one step closer to finishing the work we started in 2011,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “With our $1.3 billion Schools for our Future program, we are in the final stages of building 16 new schools, 12 additions, and 7 comprehensive renovations. I am very proud of this historic progress.”
Berkshire and Colgate elementary schools in Dundalk will now open in August 2020. Berkshire was originally scheduled to open in 2022 and Colgate in 2023. Bedford will now open in 2021, two years ahead of the original 2023 date. Chadwick will open in 2020 as opposed to 2023.
Schools for Our Future is Baltimore County’s $1.3 billion school construction program to upgrade facilities and provide modern learning environments for students and teachers.
The County Council will vote on Baltimore County’s FY18 budget May 25, 2017.
Cites Success in Increasing Graduation Rates, Modernizing Schools
“In the last five years, we embarked upon a plan to build 16 new schools, 12 additions and multiple renovation projects,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "We have increased our graduation rates. African-American and White students now graduate at the same rate in the Baltimore County Public Schools. And we have brought 21st century technologies to the classroom. We look forward to the next chapter of success for our school system."
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.”