Eastwood School Closure Public Hearing Set for Feb. 12

Community residents are encouraged to attend and offer their thoughts regarding the proposed closure of the magnet school.


Baltimore County Public Schools officials have issued the following announcement of a public hearing regarding the proposed closure of Eastwood Elementary Magnet School:


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:  brenda.stiffler@bcps.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

Final Decision
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.

Buzz Beeler January 24, 2013 at 05:58 PM
his comment leaves a lot to be desired: "The written decision will include a rationale for closing." The only rationale for closing is the current political agenda. A complete and total lack of leadership is represented in this false decision. I believe we are watching a case of political suicide.
Tom February 11, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Anyone know where to find the "8 factors" that are required to be met? Our children are being pushed aside for the almighty dollar. Its a sad day when someone like a John Vontran tries to justify closing a school by saying to me "hey it could be worse, there could be a homeless shelter going in to the school."
Buzz Beeler February 11, 2013 at 01:17 PM
The community must show up in force and speak loudly enough in order for their voices to be heard. Like Dr. Ben Carson said there if a fourth element of government called special interest that is amerced in a culture of corruption.
MC February 11, 2013 at 03:53 PM
That's a great response Matthew. Only problem is that it doesn't fit into the negativeness that is Buzzard's life.
Buzz Beeler February 11, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Mathew, one way to cut cost is the entitlements. Food stamps increasing well over 500% might be a good start. Talk to some businessmen. Look at the county's pension system starting at the top. Do you live in Eastwood community? The study according to Mr. Sheppard is the Chief said it was OK to make the move. Those people don't want the change. I was there. I wrote the blog and interviewed the people. Where is the data on the eight requirements you speak of? Every school in the county is old. The Catholic school program is superior to the county in many categories at a lower cost. Show me how the tax payer recoups on the Yorkway deal? Do the math? http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/02/08/educating-children-catholic-schools-doing/ It seems the voices in Towson are heard by the county executive. You guys need to do your research and put the facts out there.
Steve February 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Over half of all Food Voucher recipients (the Food Stamp program ended oh.....20 years or so ago) are either the elderly or children. What do you propose doing? Rounding them up and euthanizing them? The self sufficiency standard for an adult living in Baltimore County is $14.38 per hour. One adult plus one child it bumps up to $24.45 per hour. That's just self sufficiency (Housing ,food, Medical care etc.)
Buzz Beeler February 11, 2013 at 11:06 PM
MatthewI have to check with my attorney before publishing the e-mail I received from the county. It came from the DHR.State.md.us. It has a warning attached to it and to be safe I will check. Then the readers can judge for themselves. Matt you were talking about cost and saving money in your comment and increasing the tax base. You don't do that by spending more than you take in. I did not mention John only the associated costs with the project. Speaking of tough cuts read what the city is planning. They have to or go under. That is the general message from the mayor.
Buzz Beeler February 12, 2013 at 07:15 PM
This is a copy of the e-mail I received from the county. Subject: Fwd: Re: PIO - FS Information Request From: "Maureen Robinson" <mrobinso@dhr.state.md.us> Date: 6/25/2012 5:15 PM To: <Buzz@buzzbeeler.com> Hello Mr. Beeler I just received this information from our Family Investment Program statistic spedalist. I will also forward the information from the Housing Office shortly. I hope it's what you needed. Best wishes, Maureen Robinson »> Elaine Hutchison 6/25/2012 4:39 PM »> In response to this request from Buzz Beeler "Dear Ms. Robinson: can you please provide with the number of people in Baltimore County that are on food stamp programs in the years of 2002 and 2012, along with the total cost of each of the two years." In FY 2002, an average of 10,666 households with 22,200 individuals received FS each month for a yearly cost of $19,378,700. In FY 2012, an average of 45,622 households with 94,313 individuals received FS each month at a yearly cost of $130,157,000. We are still in FY 2012 so these figures reflect activity through May. Elaine Hutchison ************************"**
Steve February 12, 2013 at 07:21 PM
What in the Hell is a "spedalist"?
Buzz Beeler February 13, 2013 at 02:42 AM
Ask them, it's their e-mail. I would guess it's a typo.


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