Parents say Mays Chapel school needed

October 24, 2007|By Gina Davis

Rodgers Forge Elementary parents pleaded with Baltimore County school board members last night to stay the course on plans to build a school in the Mays Chapel area to help alleviate crowding at schools in the Towson area.

More than 100 parents, many wearing red school T-shirts, filled the hallway outside a packed meeting room.

"We needed this school probably two years ago," said Allyson Bonavoglia, a Rodgers Forge parent. She pointed out that the school is nearly 230 students over its capacity of 408.

School officials say a school in Mays Chapel, a community along West Padonia Road near Interstate 83, could help alleviate crowding in the county's central area. It would allow them to transfer all students from Ridge Ruxton School, which has 123 special-education students and 90 staff members. That move would free up classroom space in the Towson area.

The school would be built on a piece of land that serves as a park, with walking trails and ball fields, in the community.

Mays Chapel residents - about 300 of whom attended a community meeting last week with school officials - say the Mays Chapel property, which the school system has owned since the 1970s, should remain a park. They also worry about increased traffic from school buses and staff members for the new school in an area that is densely populated.

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