2 Balto. Co. High Schools To Get New Buildings

April 22, 2009|By Arin Gencer | Arin Gencer,arin.gencer@baltsun.com

Baltimore County school officials will move forward with plans to build new facilities for Dundalk High and Sollers Point Technical High after a unanimous school board vote Tuesday night.

The new buildings would be constructed at the current Dundalk High site, officials said.

School officials determined the projected cost of building new schools was close to what has been estimated for renovations and replacements in the old facilities, said Michael Sines, executive director of physical facilities.

"It just makes a whole lot of sense," Sines said.

The district next plans to select an architectural engineering firm for the project, Sines said. Staff members are expected to return to the board this summer with estimated fees. They hope to have a schematic design in September, he said.

Both schools will remain in operation until the new structures are completed, officials said, after which the old ones will be demolished. The county plans to build "a very extensive community center" on the Sollers Point site, Deputy Superintendent J. Robert Haines told members.

Board members hailed the plan as a necessity for the community and "an ideal project" in the current economic climate.

On Tuesday night, they also approved West Towson Elementary as the name for a new school - as well as two contracts for that facility, which is expected to open in August 2010. The contracts involve site testing and improvements. Another for concrete work was pulled from the agenda to ensure that it met purchasing requirements, officials said.

The panel voted in favor of transferring the current principal of Fort Garrison Elementary to West Towson.

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