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Says Libraries are an Important Key to Student Success

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz congratulated Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) for being named the 2017 National School Library Program of the Year by the American Association of School Librarians. The award was presented this weekend to BCPS as a school system that exemplifies the effective use and promotion of their library resources to staff and students.

“This is further evidence of the great job our schools are doing in preparing students for college and career success by teaching them how to do good research and harness the wealth of library materials and knowledge at their disposal,” Kamenetz said. “I thank and congratulate our school library professionals for helping to make learning exciting and for fostering a thirst for knowledge that really helps engage students.”

“The public education system’s ability to promote learning is important in creating future leaders and entrepreneurs,” said County Council Chair Tom Quirk. “This award shows that BCPS takes these ideals seriously and is doing an outstanding job at creating better learners.”


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 S. Dallas Dance celebrated the start of construction of a replacement school for the outdated and overcrowded Lansdowne Elementary School this morning.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.” 


 
 
Revised September 26, 2016