Baltimore County News
By Dr. S. Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools
Last year, BCPS used Stakeholder Survey data to guide school improvement, identify staff training areas, improve office safety, and help staff work better together. Your responses can help us improve even more! We want to hear from students in Grades 4-12, parents, community members, and staff.
Available online through March 3, the survey is anonymous and takes five minutes or less on a phone, tablet, or computer. New this year, the survey is available for students, parents, and community members in 16 languages: Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, English, French, Gujarati, Korean, Nepali, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, and Yoruba.
In addition to your role as a community member, if you are a parent or staff member, you are encouraged to take the survey more than once to reflect those different roles.
I want to hear from our whole community. Please take the survey by March 3, and encourage others to share their voices!
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.”