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Planning Money for Two High Schools Will be Included in Next Budget

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced today that he will include county planning funds for two new high schools in his FY 19 budget request.  Based upon enrollment projections, the schools would serve the Towson area and the central-northeast area.

“After numerous meetings with education experts and community leaders, it is clear that Baltimore County needs to alleviate overcrowding in the Towson area, as well as the central-northeast corridor," said Kamenetz.  "We need to resolve overcrowding at Towson High, although there are complications due to the school's designation as a County historic structure. The location of a second new school to alleviate overcrowding in the central-northeast corridor will be influenced by the pending high school enrollment reassessment currently being conducted by the school system. Nevertheless, it is clear that we need to fund two new schools to resolve overcrowding."

Although the County School Board recently added a last-minute amendment on Tuesday to its capital budget, calling for two new high schools at specific locations, there is insufficient time for the school system to provide necessary data to state officials to be considered by the state during its fall review. However, the commitment by County Executive Kamenetz for county planning money will ensure that planning for two new high schools can continue at the county level.

By 2026, the school system projects that Towson High will be 456 students over state-rated capacity. The same study indicates that two schools in the central-northeast corridor also face overcrowding, with Dulaney High School at 188 students over state-rated capacity by 2026, and Perry Hall High at 234 students overcapacity. Kamenetz's high school plans would eliminate the projected overcrowding.

Schools for Our Future

When County Executive Kamenetz was elected in 2010, Baltimore County faced overcrowded schools and outdated school buildings.

In response, Kamenetz crafted a $1.3 billion dollar Schools for Our Future program, the largest single investment in school construction in the history of the County, building 16 new schools, and 15 renovations and additions.

During this initiative, Baltimore County has contributed $2 to every state dollar for school construction. “Baltimore County is not alone in its need for new schools,” said Kamenetz. “Governor Hogan must increase the state’s contribution for school construction if school districts all over the state are to remain competitive.”


Three Locations to Feature Giveaways, Information and Activities for Students

School children from around Baltimore County are invited to celebrate the beginning of the new school year at back-to-school events at three locations the afternoon of Tuesday, August 29. The events are co-hosted by the Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore Foundation, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Baltimore County Public Schools Interim Superintendent, Verletta White.

The events are scheduled on Tuesday, August 29 from 3p.m. to 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

Events will feature:

  • free backpacks with school supplies (Children must be present to receive giveaways, which are available while supplies last.)
  • health information
  • Police officers, fire personnel, fire engines, police cars, K-9 dogs, McGruff the crime dog, CPR demonstrations
  • resources from non-profit and community organizations

“For six years we have been able to help students in Baltimore County, thanks to the commitment of Kevin Liles and his foundation,” County Executive Kamenetz said. “Our back-to-school events give students and families an opportunity to get engaged in the community and start the school year off on a positive note.”

“Growing up in Baltimore has given me a special connection to our communities and a desire to help grow and support our children and families here. I am humbled to know that my achievements serve as a platform that inspires kids to accomplish their goals and take advantage of educational opportunities,” said Kevin Liles, CEO and Founder of 300 Entertainment and of KWL Enterprises. 

“The start of a brand new school year is an exciting time for students, parents, educators, and the entire Team BCPS community,” said Interim Superintendent White. “Partnering with County Executive Kamenetz and the Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore Foundation allows us to help our students arrive at school next week equipped with the items they will need to help launch a successful and productive school year.”

About Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore Foundation:

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 young people with exposure to social, educational, economic, cultural and civic opportunities that they may not otherwise experience.


by Kara Eppel, Class of 2020, University of Maryland College Park and Baltimore County Office of Communications Intern

Lamp? Check. Pillow? Check. Blanket? Check.

It’s that time of year again, back to school. However, for many of you, you’re about to partake in a whole new experience, college! So, are you scared? Nervous? Excited? How about all three?

I'll let you in on a secret. You’re not the only one feeling this way.

How many times have you heard someone say “college was the best four years of my life” and that you “won’t want to leave”? Believe me, it’s true. College is the place where you will make new friends, grow academically, and definitely mature.

I remember my first day of college. I remember my dad dropping my clothes all over the parking lot, meeting my roommate for the first time (who ended up becoming my best friend), and wanting to cry when my parents left me in an unfamiliar environment with people I did not know.

I remember the first day of classes, leaving my dorm an hour early so I could find my classroom. (Now I only wake up ten minutes before class, rushing into the room practically still in my pajamas.) I remember my first big lecture hall, with over 400 kids sitting in the same room trying to learn from only one teacher.

It gets so much less intimidating. I promise. 

I remember meeting some amazing people, and how quickly they became my closest friends. I remember enjoying some fun night outs with my friends, but also staying in and watching a movie or eating all the sugar and carbs our hearts desired.

I remember the exhausting study nights. I remember studying with friends, asking thousands of questions, and learning from one another. I remember feeling unified with them, knowing we were all going through the same experience together.

I promise that you will make friends! Join a club, go Greek, hang out with your hall, or talk to the kids in your classes. Whichever way you want to socialize, remember that there are so many kids going through or who already have gone through the same experience. It’s not hard to find a group of friends in such a large student body.

The hardest part of college, in my opinion, is balance. How do I eat, sleep, study, socialize, clean, and wash my clothes all in one day? What about in one week? I won’t lie, it’s hard. Your parents are no longer there to baby you, and as mature as you think you are, college will definitely grow you up.

If you’re a studious bookworm, learn to live a little and have some fun! I know that you enrolled at college to further your education, but you are also there to make friends and enjoy the end of your childhood years. However, if you’re a party animal, remember not to waste your tuition money. You’re at college to learn and eventually earn your degree. Remember, balance.

Good luck with freshman year. I promise, these next four years will be ones that you will not forget. Enjoy it, because it goes by fast and in only four short years, it will be time to “adult.”

Congrats Class of 2021, and welcome to college!


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017