BCPS budget plan funds five Dundalk projects
In Baltimore County Public School’s (BCPS) proposed budget for 2019, it appears that big things are happening for Dundalk area schools.
Three elementary schools in the area are budgeted for complete replacement: Berkshire, Colgate and Dundalk Elementary Schools.
All three schools are scheduled to completely receive funding by the end of
2020, but Dundalk Elementary School is completely funded under the proposed budget.
The new schools hope to address the issue of aging infrastructure of the current school buildings as well as the overcrowding problem currently plaguing BCPS. The new Dundalk Elementary school would raise student capacity from 590 to 700.
The new Berkshire school will hold 600 students while the new Colgate school will hold 500.
The exact completion date for each of these schools is tentaive, although the accelerated timeline comes after Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced plans in April to accelerate school building. Berkshire and Colgate elementary schools in Dundalk are now set to open in August 2020. Berkshire was originally scheduled to open in 2022 and Colgate in 2023.
A new Dundalk Elementary is slated to open in 2019, though plans remain uncertain due to the presence of the school on the National Register of Historic Places.
In addition to the accelerated elementary school funding, Battle Grove Middle School will be receiving a full boiler replacement and Patapsco High School will endure a $17,000+ renovation.
What the renovation entails has yet to be revealed. At time of press, BCPS was unavailable for comment.
Dundalk Elementary School was originally constructed in 1925.
The renovation work on Patapsco High will continue through the next two school years and is expected to be completed by the end of summer 2019.