Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Two students are repeat winners in the scholarship program sponsored by Johns Hopkins Hospital pediatric neurosurgeon Benjamin Carson.
Three Greater Dundalk students are among the 54 Baltimore County Public Schools students to be named 2013 Carson Scholars by the Carson Scholars Fund. The program, named for world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital pediatric neurosurgeon Benjamin Carson and his wife, Candy, recognizes students in grades four through 11 who "demonstrate outstanding achievement and humanitarian qualities," according to a statement from school system officials. Each Carson Scholar receives a $1,000 college scholarship, and may reapply for the honor from year to year. Jacob Swink, a fifth-grader at Eastwood Elementary Magnet School, is a first-time award winner this year. Among the county's repeat honorees are Sparrows Point High School junior Lesley Sprouse, a …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The Baltimore County Board of Education hosted a public hearing Tuesday to allow residents to weigh in on the proposed closure of Eastwood Elementary Magnet School.
The crowd at Tuesday night's public hearing to discuss the proposed closure of Eastwood Elementary Magnet School was more quiet than those of recent meetings, but residents were no less passionate about the message they delivered to the Baltimore County Board of Education. "Keep Eastwood open" came across loud and clear from the majority of the nearly 30 speakers who signed up to address the board at the Dundalk High School gathering. With rare exception, the speakers were passionate and emotional about keeping the small, intimate, close-knit neighborhood school open, and the few people who spoke in favor of closing Eastwood and merging it with Norwood Elementary and Holabird Middle schools were school system employees. Linda Gossman, a …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Baltimore County Public Schools officials plan to close Eastwood Elementary Magnet School.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Dundalk residents are angry that they have not been included in the decision-making process regarding the proposed closure of Eastwood Elementary Magnet School.
Wednesday, January 23
Baltimore County Councilman John Olszewski Sr. has asked that the following letter—dated Jan. 18—that he wrote to Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent S. Dallas Dance be distributed to as many people as possible: Dear Dr. Dance: I am writing today on behalf of my constituents who are concerned about the proposed closing of Eastwood Magnet School and the changes being proposed for Norwood Elementary School and Holabird Middle School. I attended a public meeting on Saturday, Janaury 12 in which many parents and residents of the respective communities voiced their concerns very clearly. They feel they have been left out of the process. It is never an easy thing to close a school in a neighborhood no matter the reasons. However, …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The school system superintendent's staff presented the recommendation to the Board of Education Tuesday night.
School system Superintendent Dallas Dance recommended the closure of Eastwood Elementary School in Dundalk at a Tuesday night Board of Education meeting As part of the recommendation, Eastwood, Norwood Elementary School and Holabird Middle school will operate as one K-8 school on the Norwood and Holabird campuses. The closure of the Eastwood facility is part of a larger plan by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to sell property to construct new county buildings. The Eastwood property may be used for a new police precinct. A public hearing on the consolidation is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 12 at Dundalk High School. The Board of Education will vote on the matter in March. Stay with Patch for updates.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
From noon to 2 p.m., residents will gather at Merritt Boulevard and Wise Avenue in support of keeping the buildings open.
Community residents hoping to save the North Point Government Center and Eastwood Elementary Magnet School will hold a rally Saturday morning. Any resident wishing to join the gathering is encouraged to make a sign and bring it to wave at the corner of Merritt Boulevard and Wise Avenue from noon to 2 p.m. The rally was announced Jan. 12 at a meeting held by the newly organized Dundalk United, a community group created to present a unified voice concerning recent county decisions regarding the two Dundalk properties. "Presenting a united front to the county government and school board (is) important," organizers wrote on the Save the North Point Government Center Facebook page. Children are encouraged to attend the rally, which will take …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Dundalk community residents will gather to discuss their plans regarding recent Baltimore County Government decisions to close a school and community/government center.
Dundalk United, a newly formed multi-community coalition, will hold a public meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday at the North Point Library, 1716 Merritt Blvd. Community leaders will be on hand to discuss recent Baltimore County government decisions regarding the sale of the North Point Government Center property and the closure of Eastwood Elementary School. The following statement was issued by the group: "If you are concerned about the future of our community, the quality of education for our children, and want to see the Baltimore County Government and school system engage with the community with regard to their plans and proposal for us, we invite you to attend and participate. Community leaders from across the 7th District will be in …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Del John Olszewski Jr. weighs in on the proposed sale of the North Point Government Center and the proposed closure of Eastwood Elementary Magnet School.
The Baltimore County administration recently announced that it will be issuing an SFP—solicitation for proposals—that would sell the North Point Government Center and transfer the police station to where the Eastwood School is currently located, with proceeds from a sale being used to fund air conditioning in area schools. There are also two other parcels in other parts of Baltimore County that would be sold. These include a fire station in Towson and a police sub-station in Randallstown. While I have long been a supporter of additional funding for air conditioning in our schools, there are many questions that remain surrounding the proposal that need to be answered before any plan is finalized. Once these questions are answered, it is …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Parents opposed to closure of Eastwood Elementary Magnet School will attend Tuesday's Baltimore County Board of Education meeting.
Stunned by what many believe to be an "out of the blue" decision to close Eastwood Elementary Magnet School, local parents plan to take their concerns to the Baltimore County Board of Education meeting Tuesday night. In a hastily called meeting held Dec. 10, Baltimore County Public Schools officials told parents of their plans to close Eastwood at the end of the current school year, and shared with them two options for their students' futures. The plan potentially affects Norwood Elementary and Holabird Middle schools in addition to Eastwood. Parents were told of two options on the table for the three schools. One would merge all three schools, creating a pre-K-8 academy that would be a magnet program for science, technology, engineering …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Three Dundalk schools will be housed in two facilities as the school system makes plans to turn property over to the county.
School officials announced plans to consolidate three Dundalk schools into two facilites Monday night, but denied a larger county trend. At a meeting with Dundalk families at Holabird Middle School, Deputy Superintendent Kevin Hobbs said the Eastwood Center Elementary Magnet School property will be turned over to the county for redevelopment at the end of the current school year. School officials are considering options to house the Eastwood, Holabird and Norwood Elementary School programs between the Holabird and Norwood facilities. The current Eastwood site could possibly be used for a new area police station. "You're always looking to respect the best use of space," he said following the meeting. "The conversation about Eastwood has …