Baltimore County News
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."
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.
Dr. S. Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools
Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) is so fortunate to have the support of students, their families, staff, elected officials, business partners, and community members. By working together, we are preparing every student for success in the future and ensuring that the county remains strong.
Every year, we ask for your opinions on how our schools and system are doing so that we can pinpoint areas for improvement. The 2016 BCPS Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey is now available online at https://bcps.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eQm7Z37Wguu2eRT.
There are separate but related questions for students in Grades 4-12, parents, community members, and staff. The survey is anonymous and only takes about five minutes via phone, tablet, or computer. We want to know what you think about academics, safety, communication, and organizational effectiveness.
Last year, we received almost 75,000 responses. That was a huge increase from prior years, but I know we can do better. Individuals who fit into more than one category can take the survey more than once: as a staff member, as a community member, and for each school your children attend.
Parents can choose to take the survey at a school or the public library. In addition to English, this year’s survey is also available for parents and community members in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Urdu, Arabic, Nepali, Yoruba, Russian, French, Tagalog, Uzbek, Amharic, Korean and Gujarati.
I want to hear from all of you! Please take a moment and share your voice by February 29.