UPDATED (1:29 a.m.)—Parents at two Dundalk Elementary Schools learned Monday night of a plan that will close one school and possibly lead to the building of a new police station.
The plan involving Eastwood and Norwood Elementary and Holabird Middle schools appears tied to an expected proposal from County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to sell county property for redevelopment.
Kevin Hobbs, Baltimore County Public Schools deputy superintendent, told about 150 people gathered Monday night in the cafeteria of Holabird Middle that Eastwood Elementary would be closed at the end of the current school year.
Hobbs said the Eastwood building will become "the property of the county." He declined to elaborate on what the potential uses might be.
Multiple sources speaking to Patch on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the details confirmed that one possible use for the site could involve building a new police precinct. The county appears to be ready to solicit bids to sell the current site at the North Point Government Center.
Hobbs and other school officials spoke of two options to merge the three schools during a meeting at Holabird Middle School Monday night.
One proposal includes moving kindergarten through third grade students at the two elementary schools to Norwood Elementary.
Students in grades 4 and 5 at both elementary schools would be moved to Holabird Middle School.
A second plan calls for pre-K through grade five program at Norwood with a STEM focus, and create a first of its kind in Baltimore County kindergarten through eighth grade STEM magnet program at Holabird.
The current Eastwood Elementary School site would then become a possible location for a new police precinct in the area. It is not clear what would happen to the magnet program at Eastwood Elementary.
The current precinct is part of the North Point Government Center.
That site is said to be one of three properties owned by the county that are being considered for possible sale to developers.
John Vontran, political supporter of Kamenetz and Councilman John Olszewski Sr., was interested in a land swap that would have allowed him to build big box retailers on the North Point Government Center site while moving county offices to the site of the former Seagram's Distillery.
Del. Mike Weir Jr. said Monday evening that he understood Eastwood Elementary could be one possible site of a new police precinct. He said Eastwood had seen some reduced enrollment that might make it ripe for reorganization.
Parents attending the meeting at Holabird Middle School Monday night expressed dismay over the proposals.
Last week, Patch reported that Kamenetz planned to sell the site of the Towson Fire Station and build a new station on what is now the site of Towson Manor Park in Towson.
A third site in the northwest is also said to be part of that redevelopment list and could include either the former site of a vehicle maintenance shop or the Woodlawn police substation. Both locations are on Liberty Road.
In an interview last week, Mohler would neither confirm nor deny the plans last week.
"The county executive has been pretty open about the fact that he's tasked his staff to find parcels of county-owned properties that are on valuable pieces of land in commercial corridors and see if there might be a better use for them," Mohler said at the time, adding that part of the plan could include getting those county-owned properties on the tax rolls.
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Nayana Davis contributed to this report.