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December 15, 2010
One question about the recent carbon monoxide deaths in Pikesville: Isn't there any kind of legal limit to how many people can occupy a given residential property? ( "County officials investigate Pikesville carbon monoxide deaths," Dec. 13.) There is certainly a legal number of people the fire marshal allows in schools, churches, commercial spaces, etc. Ten people were living in that house. Four people were living in the basement alone! This kind of overcrowding presents the potential for great loss of life in an emergency.
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NEWS
August 4, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has shown no shyness in the past about standing behind the school system's construction and renovation plans in the face of community opposition - case in point, his infamous "my job to talk, yours to listen" press conference at the ground breaking for a new elementary school in Mays Chapel last year. Yet on Friday he authored a sweeping re-write of Superintendent Dallas Dance's plans for additions, modernization and new construction involving three elementary schools and a middle school in the greater Towson area, plans that had drawn community opposition for everything from traffic to the destruction of century-old trees.
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NEWS
May 31, 2012
Regarding the Solo Cup factory zoning ("No 'courtesy' for Wegmans," May 27), why is no one talking about using the facility for a new middle school in the northwestern part of the county? Franklin Middle School has 1,292 students, Deer Park Middle has 1,235 students and Pikesville Middle has 1,017. These enrollment figures are higher than the other county middle schools and having over 1,200 students in a middle school is ludicrous. The best use of this property would be a new middle school so that student enrollment at the aforementioned middle schools could be reduced to reasonable levels.
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By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | February 12, 2014
Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance faced questions last week from the Baltimore County Planning Board and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot regarding the controversial central area elementary school construction plan. "The reason we're asking the questions is before the county and state spend $31 million when all we're hearing is community upset about the scenario, we want to make sure we've explored every option for spending the right way," said Scott Jenkins, a member of the Baltimore County Planning Board.
NEWS
October 14, 2002
ANOTHER OVERCROWDING crisis is looming at Baltimore's Central Booking and Intake Center. The lockup is said to be so cramped that officials at a recent meeting joked about perhaps having to house pretrial suspects on barges in the harbor. This is no laughing matter. As arrests have increased over the past year, so apparently have the numbers of suspects who either don't qualify for bail or don't have the money for it. They end up spending an average of 86 days at Central Booking before their first appearance before a judge, according to the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.
EXPLORE
September 27, 2011
I read the story in the Sept. 21 edition of the Towson Times ("Towson-area enrollments prompt study for new elementary school"), and know from previous news coverage over the years about the overcrowding in our school system. First off, when I attended Baltimore County public schools, there was no such thing as overcrowding. That was because we did not have an overpopulation issue then. Just looking at the block where I live, there are 26 homes. Of those, 11 have school-age children (under 18)
NEWS
May 17, 2012
As The Sun correctly points out ("Crowded classrooms," May 15), classroom overcrowding has developed because of decisions authorized by Baltimore County's school board, and we appreciate The Sun's investigative reporting and analysis of this problem. Unfortunately, it is unlikely the board would have ever raised this issue or brought it the public's attention. In fact, The Sun reported that "Donald Peccia, the head of human resources for county schools, said he was not aware of the number of classes with 30 or more students.
NEWS
December 21, 2013
The recommendation of a Maryland legislative commission to spend $533 million to replace part of the Baltimore City Detention Center should not be a priority in fixing the problems at the jail. A far more important goal would be to reduce overcrowding at the jail more quickly ( "Lawmakers call for replacement of Baltimore jail," Dec. 11). The incarceration rate in Baltimore City, according to a 2010 Sun report, was 6.3 per 1,000 residents, making it the second highest rate in the country after New Orleans.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2010
Stay-at-home mother Leslie Kornreich is working to convince Howard County voters that, if elected to the school board, she will tackle concerns she believes have not been adequately addressed — overcrowded schools, calendar planning and special-education streamlining. Kornreich, 38, who lives in the area of Hanover that is part of the Elkridge community, filed June 11 and is one of nearly a dozen candidates seeking election to the board. It will mark the first-ever election bid for the former Spanish teacher, who has two children who attend county schools.
NEWS
October 25, 2011
Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso is closing several Baltimore City schools. Many Baltimore County schools have trailers and they are in the process of building more schools to alleviate overcrowding along the York Road corridor. I figure why not let city teachers keep their jobs, and Baltimore County students (depending on their district) have a bit longer commute and use the soon-to-be-closed city schools. Kate Glorioso
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By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | January 28, 2014
Towson community leaders and school advocates are taking stock of the recent announcement that Cromwell Valley Elementary will change from a countywide magnet school to a neighborhood school with a magnet program - the latest piece of the school system's central area overcrowding relief plan. "We don't have all the answers, so right now, we're kind of rolling with it," Tamee Bollanger, president of the Campus Hills Community Association, said. Cromwell Valley Elementary is in the Campus Hills neighborhood of Towson.
NEWS
December 21, 2013
The recommendation of a Maryland legislative commission to spend $533 million to replace part of the Baltimore City Detention Center should not be a priority in fixing the problems at the jail. A far more important goal would be to reduce overcrowding at the jail more quickly ( "Lawmakers call for replacement of Baltimore jail," Dec. 11). The incarceration rate in Baltimore City, according to a 2010 Sun report, was 6.3 per 1,000 residents, making it the second highest rate in the country after New Orleans.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
Baltimore County plans to overhaul its elementary school buildings to add more than 1,700 seats in its central and southwestern neighborhoods, where overcrowding has pushed students and teachers into portable classrooms and hallways for their lessons. The proposal announced Wednesday by schools Superintendent Dallas Dance calls for reopening Loch Raven Elementary and moving Catonsville Elementary to the Bloomsbury Community Center as well as additions and renovations at other sites.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2013
With a pressing need to build a new elementary school to relieve overcrowding near Owings Mills, the Baltimore County school board will soon have to decide whether it wants to locate the new building on land with an underground gas pipeline. The board voted Tuesday night to accept a donation of 6.8 acres from a developer, but not before a contentious discussion in which two board members questioned whether enough is known about the risk of putting children in a school next to a pipeline.
NEWS
May 20, 2013
I am writing in reference to your article, "Questions but few answers regarding elementary school in Catonsville" (May 15). I am a parent at Westowne Elementary in Catonsville. I am concerned that our school is not being included in Baltimore County Public Schools' plans to address overcrowding and the other problems associated with aging schools. My husband attended the May 8 community input meeting. Westowne was not included in the BCPS overcrowding presentation. The three other Catonsville elementary schools were listed and discussed.
EXPLORE
May 15, 2013
Learn from past for answers to overcrowding We have all heard, "If you don't learn from history, you are destined to repeat it. " We must learn from events 18 years ago when citizens wanted the (County Executive Dutch) Ruppersberger Administration to commit to the voters' approval to reopen Bloomsbury as a middle school. Instead, the county executive transferred the approved monies to other school projects. Citizens of Catonsville united and appeared before the Baltimore County Board of Education, the County Council, county executive and even held hands around Bloomsbury to no avail.
NEWS
By Paul Shread and Paul Shread,Staff writer | October 16, 1991
A report by county school officials detailing overcrowded schools may have put the issue of school redistricting to rest -- for now.The study, unveiled yesterday by Michael Raible, director of planning and construction for the Board of Education, concludes the county needs to spend twice what it does now to build and renovate deteriorating schools.The board receives about $15 million a year for school construction and renovation. But the report said that renovating county schoolsover a 40-year period would cost about $19.5 million a year.
NEWS
February 28, 2013
If there is one problem we can be certain will not solve itself in Baltimore County, it is overcrowded schools. In fact, it is likely to get worse. Indications are that student enrollment in county schools is headed upward for at least a decade. The 2012 district-wide enrollment of 107,033 is expected to add another 1,409 this year, according to data released by the school system last month. The 10-year projected increase is 6,929 more students. This enrollment increase will hit elementary schools first, then move up into middle and high schools, according to the report.
NEWS
February 28, 2013
The independent watchdog agency that oversees Maryland's Department of Juvenile Services recently released a report showing the state made important progress last year toward improving conditions for youths held in its three largest juvenile detention facilities. That's good news given the years of problems the system has encountered with overcrowding, incidents of violence, high staff turnover and aging facilities. Now the state needs to build on those gains by replicating the successful programs at its largest institutions in smaller facilities statewide.
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