BCPS bud­get plan funds five Dun­dalk projects

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By MIA MCCASLIN mm­c­caslin@ches­pub.com

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.

PHOTO BY BRAD KRONER

Dun­dalk Ele­men­tary School was orig­i­nally con­structed in 1925.

PHO­TOS BY CHRIS MCGUIN­NESS

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.

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