Category Archives: school overcrowding

Councilman Marks’ Blog

New Middle School Funded in Northeastern Baltimore County

I am pleased to announce that the Fiscal Year 2018 budget will include $7 million in funding to plan for a new northeastern middle school.  The proposed 1,500-seat school will be constructed at a site to be determined by the … Continue reading

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Time to Demand Relief for Perry Hall Middle School Overcrowding

As you know, one of my priorities as Perry Hall’s Councilman has been to reduce overcrowding at Perry Hall Middle School. It was the primary reason why we downzoned, lowered and blocked development in 2016 on more than 1,268 acres … Continue reading

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Citing School Overcrowding, Councilman Marks Initiates Largest Downzoning in Perry Hall History

This morning, I announced plans to downzone more than 1,268 acres in an effort to force action to address current overcrowding at Perry Hall Middle School and future issues at Perry Hall High School. The move is believed to be … Continue reading

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Design Work Continues on New Honeygo Elementary School

One of my top priorities as County Councilman has been to push for new classroom space.  In the Perry Hall area, our office worked hard to secure funding for the new elementary school that will be built near Chapel and … Continue reading

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New Budget Completes Air Conditioning of Fifth District Schools by 2018

I thank Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz for proposing to fund air conditioning at the last three Fifth District schools not yet programmed for this amenity. Under the budget proposed today, the last three schools–Chapel Hill, Kingsville, and Oakleigh Elementary … Continue reading

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Why the New Elementary School Site Helps Advance a Middle and High School

Yesterday, Superintendent Dance announced that a county-owned property near the intersection of Chapel and Joppa Roads would be the site of the new 700-seat elementary school.  The recommendation means that school system staff can begin designing the campus, with a goal … Continue reading

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Continuing our Work to Address Overcrowding in the Northeast

One of my priorities as County Councilman has been to reduce school overcrowding.  This is a complex problem, and not entirely driven by new development.  In Carney and Parkville, for instance, we are seeing a demographic turnover as older homeowners sell to … Continue reading

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Modify the Honeygo Requirements to Address School Overcrowding

I will be introducing legislation to slow growth in Perry Hall’s Honeygo area until a new elementary school and key infrastructure improvements are completed.  The legislation will amend the Honeygo Plan, which has governed development in rural northeastern Baltimore County since … Continue reading

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New Northeastern Elementary School Moves Forward

For the past 15 years, I have worked to lighten overcrowding at schools throughout northeastern Baltimore County. Once I was elected to the County Council, our office reduced the development potential on more than 260 acres in northeastern Baltimore County. … Continue reading

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Building Developments with School-Age Children in Mind

Since my election, one of my priorities has been to reduce school overcrowding throughout the Fifth District. We are making progress. The county has invested more than $110 million in school projects, mostly to build more classrooms. In 2012, I … Continue reading

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