BALTIMORE COUNTY —Kenwood, Eastern Tech, Perry Hall, and Parkville High Schools have been ranked amongst some of the top priority schools in the recommendations for the first phase of the Multi-Year Improvement Plan for All Schools (MYIPAS).
MYIPAS is a 10-year capital planning process that will identify and prioritize needed improvements to Baltimore County’s school infrastructure. The first phase focused on high schools. The second phase, focusing on all remaining schools, centers, and programs, is scheduled to be complete in May 2021. A final report is expected by fall 2021.
The initial recommendations were developed by consultants from CannonDesign, a national architecture and planning company. CannonDesign took a detailed look at the County’s high school buildings with a focus on In addition, stakeholders were offered an opportunity to provide input in July through an online survey, which received more than 22,000 responses.
Factors that went into effect for the educational adequacy and equity category were; the overall conditions of technology and furniture, wellness of both building infrastructure and students and staff, relationships amongst students and staff, schools with the community, admins with their staff, and schools with the media, educational programming, operational utility of the buildings, and safety and security.
Factors that went into effect for the facility conditions were; the overall conditions of services (such as electrical and plumbing), equipment and furnishings, interiors of the buildings, special construction and demolition, the outer shell of the buildings, and substructure of the buildings (such as foundation).
Factors that went into effect for capacity utilization were; seven year enrollment projections (2020 to 2027, state rated capacity and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs.
Using their findings, CannonDesign developed recommendations for how Baltimore County should prioritize its resources for high school construction, with those facilities and communities with greater need receiving higher prioritization (a higher number ranking).
Several local schools were deemed facilities with greater needs and were highly prioritized amongst the 24 schools across Baltimore County.
Perry Hall High School was ranked 9 out of 24 for educational adequacy and equity, 2 out of 24 for facility condition, 9 out of 24 for capacity utilization, with an overall score of 7 out of 24.
Eastern Technical High School was ranked 3 out of 24 for educational adequacy and equity, 5 out of 24 for facility condition, 13 out of 24 for capacity utilization, with an overall score of 8 out of 24.
Parkville High School ranked 17 out of 24 for educational adequacy and equity, 15 out of 24 for facility condition, 6 out of 24 for capacity utilization, with an overall score of 11 out of 24.
Kenwood High School ranked 12 out of 24 for educational adequacy and equity, 17 out of 24 for facility condition, 12 out of 24 for capacity utilization, with an overall score of 14 out of 24.
According to the Baltimore County Government, the county is projected to have approximately 1,700 more students than seats in its high schools over the next decade, and the consultants found that the County has approximately $1.2 billion worth of capital needs at the high school level. If recent state funding trends continue, the county says it would take 27 years to address all of the County’s high school needs.
The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future (HB 1), which passed the General Assembly with but was vetoed by Governor Larry Hogan, would have allowed the County to meet the needs of its high school students in an estimated 15 years. County Executive Olszewski has urged the General Assembly to override Governor Hogan’s veto.
“Every student in Baltimore County, regardless of their zip code, deserves access to a safe, modern school facility that meets the needs of their community,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski.
“With aging infrastructure and a growing population, we have significant needs at the high school level, and these initial recommendations will serve as a critical resource as we work to ensure equitable allocation of resources throughout the County.”
It is incumbent on the Board to carefully evaluate recommendations and next steps given the tremendous facility needs throughout the county and the current economic crisis due to the global pandemic.” said Kathleen Causey, chair of the Board of Education of Baltimore County.
“These are challenging times, but it is essential that we continue to move forward with facility improvements.”
“We view the development of this plan as an important step forward on the path toward ensuring that all of our school buildings offer the type of physical environment most conducive for teaching and learning,” said Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams.