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 S. Dallas Dance celebrated the start of construction of a replacement school for the outdated and overcrowded Lansdowne Elementary School this morning.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


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.”


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.”


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017