Baltimore County Public Schools officials have issued the following announcement of a public hearing regarding the proposed closure of Eastwood Elementary Magnet School:
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED CLOSING OF EASTWOOD CENTER
The Board of Education of Baltimore County has received a recommendation from the Superintendent to close Eastwood Center Elementary Magnet School, (428 Westham Way, Baltimore, MD 21224 ).
On February 12, 2013 at 6 p.m. at Dundalk High School, 1901 Delvale Avenue Baltimore, MD 21222, the Board will conduct a public hearing on the Superintendent’s proposal to close Eastwood. Snow date will be February 20, 2013.
All persons wishing to testify at the public hearing must:
• Identify themselves, and, if applicable, the group they represent;
• All presentations are limited to three (3) minutes.
• Sign up to speak prior to the hearing. Sign up sheets will be available as of 5 p.m. on February 12, 2013.
In addition to the above, the Board will accept written comments or data for the Board’s consideration through the close of business on February 12, 2013. Such written data or testimony should include the same identifying information requested of persons testifying at the public hearing and should be sent to: 6901 Charles Street, Towson, MD 21204 or, by electronic mail, to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Written testimony or data submitted to the Board shall not exceed six (6) pages in length.
The Board will consider the views of the public prior to making its final decision. The Board will have its final vote on the Superintendent’s recommendation at its meeting of March 5, 2013.
Decision Making Procedures
In making its final decision, the Board of Education will be guided by:
• The scheduling of a public hearing, and
• The consideration of the eight (8) factors required by the State Board of Education
The Board’s final decision to close Eastwood Center will be announced in a public meeting and such decision will subsequently be made available in writing. The written decision will include a rationale for closing. Notification of the final decision will be provided to the community in the affected geographic attendance area.