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Survey and Public Comment on Multi-Year Improvement Plan for All Schools

Baltimore County Public Schools and Baltimore County Government invite the public to take a survey and provide public comment about school facilities as part of the Multi-Year Improvement Plan for All Schools (MYIPAS). The purpose of MYIPAS is to develop a long-range plan for identifying and prioritizing capital improvements to all schools.

“The people of Baltimore County are our partners in progress and their voices are critical to ensuring that we create a long-term plan that best meets the needs of our communities,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “By working together, we can outline a clear roadmap to provide our students and educators with the safe, modern learning environments they need and deserve.”

“I encourage students, families, staff, and community members to be part of our legacy by guiding the plan for modernized teaching and learning spaces that will benefit generations,” said BCPS Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams. “The current crisis has only reinforced the many ways in which schools bring us together. Now is the time to lend your voice and shape our future.”

The public input process began in April 2020 with the formation of focus groups to evaluate and discuss three areas: enrollment projections, capacity and utilization; educational equity and adequacy; and facility condition.

The entire community is invited to participate in the MYIPAS Survey through 11:59 p.m., July 15, 2020. Feedback may also be provided by completing the online comment form.

All comments received are public record, and will be logged and posted to the Multi-Year Improvement Plan for All Schools Web page, including names, but not email addresses. Personal information should be avoided (e.g., phone numbers, student names, etc.).

The MYIPAS will be completed in two phases. Phase one will focus on recommendations for high schools. Phase two will focus on recommendations for elementary and middle schools.

Ten-Year Improvement Plan for All Schools

Baltimore County and Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) (PDF) for an independent consultant to assist in the development of a long-range plan for identifying and prioritizing capital improvements to Baltimore County’s school buildings. The plan will prioritize needs based on enrollment projections and capacity, educational equity and adequacy, and the conditions of facilities.

“Every student and educator deserves a safe, modern school where they can learn and grow. While Baltimore County has made significant progress, we still have a number of aging facilities and a growing student population which leads to unacceptable learning conditions for many of our students,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “Providing a world-class education for our children is and will always be the number one priority of my administration. This long-term plan will outline a clear roadmap to ensure we can best serve all our children and communities.”

“Building on the substantial progress made during the past decade to modernize our schools, this plan will allow us to comfortably accommodate our growing enrollment into the next decade,” said Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams. “I deeply appreciate the support and partnership from state and County elected officials.”

Equitable and Effective Allocation of School Construction Funds

The RFP issued today anticipates identifying a consultant to develop a High School Master Plan by September 2020, followed by a plan for all remaining schools, centers and programs by May 2021. Baltimore County has significant school construction needs, including eight remaining projects under the Schools for Our Future program. In addition, the County is projected to have 1,700 more students than seats in its high schools over the next decade.

In response to these challenges, Olszewski has made support for public education his administration’s top priority. Recognizing the need for a long-term plan to ensure the County has a roadmap for equitable and effective allocation of school construction dollars, County Executive Olszewski included funds for the development of a 10-year capital plan in his Fiscal Year 2020 budget.

Olszewski also provided funds in the current budget for all remaining Schools for Our Future projects and has allocated $15 million for planning and design at Lansdowne High School. He also recently committed planning funds for both Towson and Dulaney High Schools.

Support for Public Education a Top Priority

All of these projects are unable to move forward without the State of Maryland’s remaining portion of funding. County Executive Olszewski has consistently called on the state to increase its commitment to help the County meet the needs of its growing student population. Earlier this year, Olszewski called on Governor Hogan to release $127 million in currently withheld school construction funding approved by the legislature in the 2019 legislative session.

Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne Jones has indicated that she intends to make school construction a top priority for the state in the upcoming legislative session and Olszewski has committed to advocating on behalf of Baltimore County students in Annapolis.

2018 to 2019 Plan Prepares for Activation Prior to November 15 if Weather Conditions Dictate

When the temperature forecast calls for freezing weather (below 32 degrees) Baltimore County activates the Freezing Weather Shelter Plan. This plan was put into effect as of November 1, earlier than in prior years when the Freezing Weather Shelter Plan did not take effect until November 15. This means that if the temperatures fall, Baltimore County stands ready to protect our constituents from the dangers of freezing weather by opening shelters.

“While we do not know when the temperature will drop to freezing levels we are prepared to serve people who will need to seek shelter from the cold,” said Dr. Gregory Branch, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services. “Last year we saw earlier bouts of cold weather. Our shelter activation plan takes that possibility into account and we are ready to serve Baltimore County residents who might need to seek a warm haven from the weather.”

Cold Weather Locations

As always, there are public facilities that are open during the day where people are encouraged to go to stay warm. Libraries, senior and community centers, shopping malls and places of worship make great respites from the cold weather. The County emergency shelters will be open from 6 p.m. until 9 a.m. on evenings when the temperature is below freezing.

Shelter locations include:

  • Eastern Family Resource Center            
    9150 Franklin Square Drive                                    
    Rosedale, Maryland 21237
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  • Westside Men’s Shelter
    309 Redwood Circle
    Catonsville, Maryland 21228
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Individuals are encouraged to call the County’s new resource and referral line at 410-887-TIME (8463)—option 2, to confirm activation and bed availability at these locations. Residents should arrive no later than 10 p.m. Additionally, under severe weather conditions when County offices are closed, shelter activation may be extended to include daytime hours. 

Cold Weather Reminders

The combination of low temperatures and wind chill constitute a threat, especially to certain groups of people, including older adults, children and people with respiratory or other health problems. If you are in danger or experiencing severe health issues due to the weather, call 911. Below are some basic tips to help you and your family get relief from the cold and stay safe.

Be Cautious and Prepared

  • Make sure that you have a 72-hour kit.
  • Check on the elderly and chronically ill.
  • Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure follow your doctor’s advice about exercising or working in the cold.
  • If you are hiking, camping or skiing during cold weather, avoid becoming overtired. Be extremely careful when walking in icy areas. Many cold weather injuries result from falls on ice-covered paths.

Eat Right

  • Eating well-balanced meals will help you stay warmer.
  • Do not drink alcoholic or caffeinated beverages as they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly.
  • Drink warm beverages or broth to help maintain your body temperature. If you have any dietary restrictions, consult your doctor.

Dress Warmly and Stay Dry

Adults and children should wear:

  • A hat, scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth
  • Sleeves that are snug at the wrist
  • Mittens (they are warmer than gloves)
  • Water-resistant coats and boots
  • Several layers of loose-fitting clothing if you are going to be outside

Don’t Leave Your Pets Outdoors

  • During extreme weather, bring your pets indoors.
  • Remember to have an emergency plan for your pets. Most shelters do not allow pets.

Revised September 11, 2017