Baltimore County News
Kamenetz Remains Committed to Education as Important Priority
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz highlighted the County’s impressive showing in U.S. News and World Report’s Best High Schools ranking, with seven of the County’s high schools making the grade as some of the best in the United States.
Three Baltimore County high schools were awarded gold medals: Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Eastern Technical High School and Hereford High School; and four schools merited silver medals: Towson High, Western School of Technology, Dulaney High School and Loch Raven High School. Of the top 20 ranked Maryland schools, almost one-third are in Baltimore County.
“I am immensely proud of the results we are seeing from County schools and this recognition just confirms the importance of our commitment to providing the best learning environments and facilitating academic success for all students,” said Kamenetz. “This critical support is evidenced by ongoing implementation of our $1.3 billion 10-year “Schools for Our Future” initiative, the largest single school construction program in the history of the state; enhanced use of innovative technology and increased graduation rates.”
U.S. News and World Report evaluated more than 22,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were judged on a number of criteria including the results of state proficiency assessments and how well they prepare students for college.
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."