Huff believed that the Baltimore County Public Schools System had already decided to build a new elementary school in Mays Chapel—without keeping him in the loop. (See attached PDF.)
A school system spokesman, however, said that he could not confirm that was the case and that an official location for a new elementary school has not been finalized.
Both Almond and Marks said that they were given “the impression” that the 20-acre plot of land in Mays Chapel would likely become the new home for a 700-seat elementary school. Although, both could not conclude definitively that a decision was announced at the meeting.
“My impression is that Mays Chapel has been on the Board’s mind as a school site for a long time,” Almond said. “I know it’s their preferred site.”
Almond said she and her colleagues were told that other sites were not financially feasible, that “this would be a good site for an elementary school.
“They were telling us that this site shouldn’t be a surprise to you,” she continued.
Marks echoed Almond’s interpretation of what was said at the meeting, which included Superintendent Joe Hairston, among other public school officials.
“They gave me the impression that it was their preferred site ... the one that made the most sense,” said Marks, who represents the majority of Towson.
He added that a new school in Timonium would lessen “severe overcrowding” issues elsewhere in the York Road corridor, including at West Towson Elementary School. Some students there will be annexed to the adjacent Ridge Ruxton School next fall, officials announced in January.
To see Huff’s full statement on the subject, click on the attached PDF document above.
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