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 email@example.com 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 …
Friday, June 15, 2012
The Greater Timonium Community Council president is appealing to the Department of Natural Resources for help.
Greater Timonium Community Council president Eric Rockel is taking the fight over Mays Chapel Park to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Rockel appealled to DNR community resilience administrator Carrie Lhotsky in a letter, to not lift an open space designation on 10 of the 20 acres of land at Mays Chapel Park. Ten acres—currently used as sports fields—are owned by the schools system. The other 10 acres, at the southern end of the property, are restricted open space. “Before they can move forward with any construction on that parcel, they need to get the state of Maryland to release the open space restriction that’s currently on the southern most 10 acres,” Rockel said. “It’s major in a sense it’s a step that has to go …
Monday, March 19, 2012
Join the conversation.
There are hundreds at Loch Raven High School in Towson on hand for a hearing on the proposed Mays Chapel Elementary School. Join the conversation as we live blog the full hearing. A vote to will be cast Tuesday night.