Officials break ground on Patapsco High renovations
Students, school officials and elected leaders came together on Tuesday to “break ground” on $42 million worth of renovations at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts.
The event included remarks from Baltimore County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Verletta White and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and featured a performance of Patapsco’s alma mater by a the school choir. The Patapsco JROTC presented the colors to start the ceremony.
Though the groundbreaking ceremony was held on Oct. 24, work at the school is already well underway.
Renovations began this summer with work done on the main office, health suite and the addition of a new entrance to the school building.
In remarks to the Eagle in August, Patapsco principal Craig Reed explained that the health suite has been expanded, with walls in both that area and the office being relocated.
“It looks like a completely different space,” he noted.
Additionally, the school’s main entrance has been moved from the Inverness Avenue side of the school to the Wise Avenue side, allowing traffic to enter directly at the main office, instead of entering near the auditorium and facing a long walk to the office.
Renovations will continue throughout this school year, into next summer and through the 2018-2019 year before wrapping up in the summer of 2019.
Additional work will including new lights and electrical infrastructure, as well
as air conditioning, which is being installed in phases.
Classrooms and hallways will also receive new lockers, doors, lights, ceilings and flooring.
Classrooms will also be equipped with “teaching walls” — whiteboards with mounted projectors.
As work continues through the school year, some classes have been relocated to a temporary building of 16 portable classrooms located in the school courtyard off of Langport Avenue.
“It will be a little bit of a shuffle for us,” Reed said. “As rooms are renovated, teachers will return to their rooms.”
Throughout the school year, light work will be completed during the day, with heavier work occurring off hours.
While the renovations are eagerly anticipated, the plan has not been without some controversy. Some parents, students and staff have complained that the renovations do not address overcrowding concerns at the school.
According to BCPS figures, the school has 1,467 students enrolled, with a stated-rated capacity of 1,302. Enrollment is expected to continue growing, with a projected population of 1,537 students — 18 percent over capacity— by 2026.
Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts on Tuesday.
Patapsco’s JROTC presented the colors.
Interim Superintendent Verletta White spoke to student leaders prior to Tuesday’s groundbreaking at Patapsco.