Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Baltimore County Executive speaks about his outburst with senior citizens who heckled him at a school groundbreaking.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz Tuesday used a news conference on rabies shots as an opportunity to joke about a confrontation between himself and seniors who heckled him at a school groundbreaking in Mays Chapel. "Contrary to popular belief, I did have my rabies shot last week at Mays Chapel," Kamenetz said. Attendees of the groundbreaking on Friday and television viewers may have been wondering after video on several news websites showed the executive angrily confronting seniors citizens who came out to heckle him. "Sir let me talk for a second, ok?" an animated Kamenetz shouted at the hecklers. "It's my job to talk and your job to listen right now." [See a short video shot by WMAR television and WBAL TV has a longer cut.] Don Mohler, a …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Kamenetz: "It's my job to talk, your job to listen right now."
UPDATED (5:08 p.m.)—The groundbreaking of a new school in Mays Chapel sparked an angry outburst from County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. Kamenetz was on hand Friday for the groundbreaking of a new 700-seat elementary school when he was faced by a group of nearly three-dozen protesters who oppose the school. At least one of the protesters can be heard in a video shot by WMAR television trying to interrupt Kamenetz before the county executive fires back. "Sir let me talk for a second, ok?" Kamenetz shouts back. "It's my job to talk and your job to listen right now." WBAL TV has additional coverage on its website. Don Mohler, a spokesman for Kamenetz, said the county executive became irritated after the protesters, who he described as senior …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The Baltimore County executive tells state officials that a land swap will "result in more public use of the land."
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz told state officials Wednesday that a land swap with the county school system will benefit the public. The Baltimore County Council Tuesday approved the swap of 10-acres in Mays Chapel for an adjacent 10-acre parcel owned by the Baltimore County Public Schools system. The school system plans to build a new Mays Chapel elementary school on the site. Opponent of the swap and the school say the plan will result a loss of the nearby parkland and walking trails. State Treasurer Nancy Kopp Wednesday asked Kamenetz about the swap, the proposed project and concerns about the lose of open space. "I just want to tell you the reason why we did this because we're addressing the community concerns," Kamenetz …
The County Council signs off on exchange of 10-acre parcels with the school system that could clear the way for the construction of a controversial new elementary school.
A land swap needed for the construction of a controversial new elementary school in Mays Chapel is one step closer to fruition. The Baltimore County Council Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution approving the swap of a 10-acre wooded property for an adjacent 10-acre property made up of ballfields that is owned by the Baltimore County Public Schools system. The school system intends to use the newly-swapped property to build a new elementary school. The swap still requires the approval of the county Board of Education. The state Department of Natural Resources must also approve the deal because of open space easements on the county's parcel. Those easements are expected to be transferred over to the new parcel. Some residents who live …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Group asks council to reject a resolution approving a land swap between the county and the schools system.
Opponents of a proposed school in Mays Chapel took their fight to the Baltimore County Council Tuesday. A handful of opponents attended a work session less than a day after scores testified against construction of the proposed elementary schoool at Mays Chapel Park. Alan Zuckerberg, an attorney representing a group opposing the school construction, said a majority of the residents are senior citizens who live in the area. "No one told these people that the future use of the property was for a school," said Zuckerberg. The county is expected to vote Tuesday on a resolution that will allow the county to swap a 10-acre parcel of wooded land in Mays Chapel for an adjoining 10-acre parcel that is currently home to ball fields. The wooded …
Monday, January 14, 2013
The majority of speakers opposed building a new elementary school at Mays Chapel Park.
The Baltimore County Public Schools Board of Education heard testimony Monday evening regarding a proposal to build a 700-seat elementary school at Mays Chapel Park to alleviate severe overcrowding in schools along the York Road corridor. Sound familiar? It should. Monday’s hearing at Loch Raven High School was the second meeting held to vet public opinion concerning construction of a new school in Timonium at the site of what is currently Mays Chapel Park. The site was approved by the Baltimore County Board of Education last year. The state board of education, however, sent the process back for a second hearing for violating state law pertaining to legal notice requirements for the March 19, 2012 site selection hearing. “Our battle cry …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The Baltimore County Board of Education's decision to make Mays Chapel Park the site of a new 700-seat elementary school has been overturned. Another hearing has been scheduled for January.
UPDATED (12:05 p.m.)—The Maryland State Board of Education has reversed the decision made by the Baltimore County Board of Education to make Mays Chapel Park the site of a new elementary school. The Baltimore County Board of Education violated state law regarding legal notice requirements for a March 19 site selection hearing, the conclusion of the legal opinion reads. Specifically, BCPS did not publish in a newspaper the location and time for a hearing take took place on March 19. "It is a victory for all of us opposed to the construction of a 700 student elementary school on the Mays Chapel Park site," Whistler Burch, chairman of the Save Mays Chapel Park community group." The reasons are many, as you have heard. We as a group are not …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Read the Mays Chapel North Gazette here.
As a reminder, a community input meeting regarding the transferring of protected open-space park land for school construction will be held on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Baltimore County Agricultural Center, 1114 Shawan Road, in Cockeysville. Read more about the meeting here. Related Links: Do you have an opinion concerning issues in your community? Consider starting a blog or posting an announcement on Patch. Email editor Nick DiMarco at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions on how to best take advantage of Patch.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Baltimore County is requesting that the state convert nine acres of protected open space land to accommodate for a Mays Chapel Elementary School Recreation Center.
The Baltimore County Public Schools system has never consulted with the Department of Recreation and Parks regarding construction of a new school on protected open space land, until now, according to a public notice circulating community group stakeholders. That could be a problem for the county, which is seeking to build a new 700 seat elementary school recreation center on Mays Chapel Park land, just off of Roundwood Road. The proposed 9.16 acres of land that was approved as the site for the new school is currently protected by Maryland Program Open Space. "As such, the County must request that the State of the Maryland consider approval of a POS 'conversion' to enable exchange of properties to permit the structure to be constructed …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Watch video of the presentation given to Baltimore County Board of Education members.
Those who oppose and support building an elementary school in a Mays Chapel park can at least agree that they like the new design. Watch the video above to take a glimpse at site plans for the new school, scheduled for a fall 2014 opening. Architect Ken Jones presented the updated site plans to the the Board of Education Tuesday night. (That's his voice in the video.) To take a more detailed look at the school, click here. The only thing at present that could change is the entrance to the school, that is if Third District Councilman Todd Huff has anything to say about it.