Randallstown parents score minor gains

June 01, 2000|By Lynn Anderson | Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF

Parents of pupils who attend Randallstown Elementary School got some good news yesterday: Classrooms will be made larger and will be wired for computers. But they didn't get what they say is needed: a new school.

The parents, some of whom kept their children out of school last month to protest conditions at the county's oldest school building, met with state and Baltimore County officials and architects yesterday.

They didn't get to talk to County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, who they say holds a wallet fat enough with taxpayer money to replace a schoolhouse that was built in 1908 and still has cloakrooms in every classroom.

"I don't know what Dutch cares about right now, but he certainly doesn't care about this part of the county," said PTA member Ellis Barksdale regarding Ruppersberger's no-show.

PTA President Donya M. Douglas said her group sent Ruppersberger an invitation to the meeting by certified mail a week ago.

Ruppersberger is on vacation but he is aware of the situation at Randallstown, said his spokeswoman, Elise Armacost.

Parents had hoped that Ruppersberger would attend the meeting yesterday, which included top school officials and Yale Stenzler, executive director of Maryland's Interagency Committee on School Construction.

State officials will review the county's renovation and addition plan for Randallstown to determine whether it meets the needs of a "21st century school," said Stenzler.

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