West Towson hearing tomorrow
For those who are following the ongoing West Towson Elementary lawsuit - and I know you are out there - the hearing on a preliminary injunction to stop Baltimore County schools' construction plans is Thursday morning.
I received a letter this week from the president of the Ruxton Ridge Community Association - sent to various elected officials and the state superintendent - about the cancellation of a meeting that residents from that community were to have with the school board. With their permission, I share it with you.
On behalf of the Ruxton Ridge Community Association, I am writing to inform you of the very disappointing treatment that our community has received from the Baltimore County Board of Education regarding the construction of the new West Towson Elementary School. This project is taking place directly adjacent to our community, and we have multiple concerns regarding the impact this will have on our community.
We have made several requests to the school board for a meeting with our community. Dr Joe Hairston agreed to meet with the community on May 28, 2009. And although this meeting was going to take place after the construction had begun, we were pleased that we would finally be able to have a discussion. This meeting, however, has been cancelled.
Several families, located adjacent to the school site, (not in the Ruxton Ridge Community) have filed litigation against the School Board. It was shortly after this litigation was filed, that the meeting with our community was cancelled. No one from Ruxton Ridge Community is involved in the litigation nor would anyone from those who are involved, be at the meeting.
I am told that no meeting would be held until litigation was settled. This hardly seems fair. Ruxton Ridge Community has been completely shut out and have not had an opportunity to express our concerns or to be informed regarding the construction of the new school.
We are asking you, our elected officials, to urge the School Board to reconsider the cancellation of this important meeting. Ruxton Ridge Community is not requesting a meeting to discuss the merits of the construction, but merely the impact this project will have on our neighborhood.
Very Truly Yours,
Kent Reichert, President
Ruxton Ridge Community Association