Plan For Crowded Elementary Schools: Middle School

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) —The Baltimore County Executive has a plan when it comes to curbing overcrowded elementary schools. But as Gigi Barnett reports, some parents say it’s a short-term fix.

Several trailers line the schoolyard at Stoneleigh Elementary in Baltimore County. The overcrowding forced school leaders to bring them in. Now County Executive Kevin Kamenetz wants them out.

His plan: move fourth- and fifth-graders to middle schools.

“We have this excess availability of classroom space,” Kamenetz said. “Why not make use of that empty school space?”

Kamenentz says the county doesn’t have the cash to build bigger, better additions at several overcrowded elementary schools like Stoneleigh.

“It’s a very frightening proposal for my 9-year-old son and for myself,” said Juliet Fisher, parent.

Fisher’s two children attend Stoneleigh Elementary. She says Kamenetz’s plan will eventually cause overcrowding at middle schools.

“They wouldn’t be separated out from the older children,” Fisher said. “I don’t know how they would have the right teachers there to teach them the things that they need. There’s no playground there. I just don’t think it’s an appropriate and safe place for 9, 10 and 11-year-olds.”

But the county executive says parents will have to wait for years before the state’s budget allows more building.

“Trying to get these kids as opposed to being in trailers or really what could be even if were able to start this process today, we’re talking four years,” Kamenetz said.

Kamenetz says right now his plan is only a recommendation, and he’s asked the school district to consider it.

School leaders say they will have a finished report on the matter at the March 22 school board meeting.

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  • Doug

    WELL,I’ve got a better plan.
    Close the schools.
    Sell the real estate.
    Save us billions !!!!
    School the little darlings at home via the computer.
    You remember,the computer.!!!
    Who need’s a corrupt bloated system as this ?
    We spend more per pupil them any free nation on the planet.
    And the average high school grad today in America,is a lacky to the rest of the world.
    LOOK it up.
    Our government is raping us for an expensive,crumby education,
    that prepares your kids for little more then to sit on the sofa until they’re fourty

    • Michelle

      No they can’t do that because so many people wouldn’t actually school their children at home. Not to mention all of the single parents or families in which both parents need to work that are not able to stay home to school their children.

  • whatnow

    Oh good, even younger, smaller kids for the middle school bullies to pick on.

  • deltasweetiepi

    well he is not the sharpest apple on the tree, but those who voted him in can pat themselves on the back.

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