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VIDEO: Board Approves Mays Chapel Site for New School

The unanimous vote came less than 24 hours after nearly 30 residents lobbied to save Mays Chapel Park at a hearing.

 

The Baltimore County Board of Education unanimously approved Tuesday night Mays Chapel Park as the site for a new 700-seat elementary school.

Following another feasibility address by physical facilities executive director Michael Sines, board members took turns expressing their reasoning for supporting the construction amid disapproval from vocal Mays Chapel residents.

Chief among the supporters for new school construction was board president Lawerence Schmidt, who said a new school in Mays Chapel provided the long-term solution for addressing in the York Road corridor.

"Projections are that they will continue to be so," Schmidt said. "Baltimore County Public Schools has employed a number of relief strategies, including relocateables and trailers, as they're commonly known. Additionally, we've constructed West Towson Elementary School [and] we've added additions to Hampton and Stoneleigh...

"... The Mays Chapel site, in my mind, addresses the overcrowding issue as it offers a proper and strategic location for a new school," he continued.

Watch the video for a recap of the meeting and comments from Save Mays Chapel Park advocates.

The new school will cost between $20 and $24 million and is expected to be open in two or three years, reports Liz Bowie, of The Baltimore Sun.

The vote came less than 24 hours after a at Loch Raven High School. The board strategically addressed concerns Tuesday that were repeatedly voiced throughout the hearing Monday—traffic issues, loss of open space, lack of young students in the Mays Chapel area.

The school will comprise less than half of the 20 acres of Mays Chapel Park, with hopes that construction will be aimed at preserving acreage for open space and recreation.

"I encourage Mr. Sines and his site design team to implement walking trails and other site elements that will make the property community-friendly," Schmidt said. "And when you come back to us Mr. Sines, I want to see that."

There is still more to this story that needs to be told. Stay with Patch as we continue to shed a brighter light on the matter.

M. Sullivan March 21, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Oh, give it up already! What good is air conditioning to the basic function of the school if the rooms are overcrowded?
Reader March 21, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Wonder if there will be money in the construction budget to have this school air conditioned? That is really not my point, however. This decision was made by a group of people who have no worry of losing their positions because they are appointed by a governor who doesn't really care a great deal about Baltimore county. The board was supported in their decision by a county council made up of democrats who need not worry since they continue to get voted into office. No one seems to need to worry except those who will be directly affected by this decision. Good luck to you.
Bcps teacher March 21, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Delete Bcps teacher 6:11 pm on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 I am a county teacher and just want everyone to realize that no matter what the decision ended up as, some people were going to be happy and some weren't. You can not please everyone.
M. Sullivan April 16, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Boy, that was profound! You must be a philosophy teacher!
john sullivan December 08, 2012 at 04:40 AM
J, Sullivan What do you expect from the county who selected a school Superintendent who did not have the qualifications (he needed a waiver as he did not have the required number of years of teaching experience ..... rather important I would say for this position) and the same county who a few years ago chose a candidate to be Director of the county Health Dept. without checking his background to find out if he was qualified (he was not a licensed doctor) then kept him on the payroll while selecting a qualified candidate who was a doctor. And so once again the county wasted more taxpayer money as they paid both people for the same (one) Director position !!!!

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