BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore County Public Schools is pushing to get more air conditioning in its schools, and now one school is getting AC, along with other much-needed amenities.
It’s been nearly 2 years since the first excavators showed up and leveled much of the 52-year-old high school. And now, the people who helped bring this $50 million dollar project to it’s conclusion are celebrating, as are students, faculty, parents, and the community.
The new Pikesville High has been built on the bones of the original.
All the while, the students made do with 34 portable classrooms. Now, the school is handicapped compliant, has a proper fire suppression system, as well as air conditioning.
The classrooms not destroyed were blown out. It’s been reskinned with a new roof, doors, and windows. There’s a brand new science, tech, and math wing. Even the original areas have been renovated with new surfaces and lights. And to the delight of students and teachers, the wifi now works.
English teacher Molly Labricciosa loves her new room, furniture and all.
“I think that Pikesville High School is finally a viable learning community for students, where every student, because of the renovations, because of the digital transformation is able to learn in their own learning style,” said said.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz came to see what $50 million bought the county.
“I think we’re restoring a lot of Pikesville pride not only to the alumni, but to the community,” he said.
For 52 years Pikesville has a reputation for turning out well educated students. The county hopes these changes keep this building going for another 50.