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TOWSON - Building three new elementary schools, reopening a once closed school and renovating and expanding other schools are part of a plan by Baltimore County Superintendent Dallas Dance to relieve school overcrowding.
Among Dance’s proposals is to build new 700-seat buildings for Westowne, Catonsville, and Relay elementary schools, which will increase the capacity of those schools by 197, 295, and 285 seats, respectively. A fourth proposed project for the southwest area is an addition to Westchester Elementary for a net gain of 201 seats.
In addition, the school system wants to reopen Loch Raven Elementary School, which seats 500, and relocate the students and staff of Halstead Academy there. There is also a proposal to build an addition to Cromwell Valley Elementary School to add 289 seats; and renovate the current Halstead Academy building to accommodate a new countywide school.
“By working so closely with our community and government stakeholders, we have developed proposed solutions that do much more than create more room for our students,” said Dance in a statement. “By taking a thoughtful approach and aligning these projects with our soon-to-be-released 10-year facilities plan, we are designing 21st century learning environments that will facilitate student engagement and our instructional digital conversion; enhance safety; maximize flexibility; and abide by sustainable design standards.”
The school system presented the plans, along with the help of architectural firm GWWO, to the community at meetings held Oct. 28 at Catonsville High School and Oct. 29 at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology. These presentations culminated a collaborative process with the southwest and central communities that began last spring.
A number of factors were used to evaluate proposed solutions – most significant among them were the net seat gain, number of high priority schools in a 2-miles radius, site ownership/control, historic status of property, present use of existing site, and acreage available.
These proposals will go to the Board of Education for approval at its Nov. 5 meeting. All of the projects for the southwest and central areas are tentatively scheduled to be complete by the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.
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