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February 14, 2012

Mayor, Alonso do agree on one part of school construction plan

In a story today about Mayor Stephanie-Rawlings Blake's State of the City address, our City Hall Reporter Julie Scharper touched a lot on how the mayor has essentially rejected city schools CEO Andres Alonso's plan to rapidly rebuild the city's dilapidated school buildings with more debt, and instead champions a plan based on a slower, but arguably steadier, stream of revenue.

But, I believe a sleeping giant is where the mayor and Alonso are of the same mind: schools, possibly some pretty historic anchors in communities, will have to close in order for any facilities overhaul plan will work.

If you remember, I wrote in October about Alonso's plan to close schools that are underutilized or beyond repair--which he warned would be a large-scale, but painful process.

The school system commissioned an inventory of sorts on the school system's facilities, which will guide the decisions about what schools will close. That report is expected this month, or next. 

The mayor also touched on this part of Alonso's plan in her speech on Monday, telling city residents that, in order to begin fixing schools,"we need to look at the current inventory and how we are using the resources that we have."

"Some schools will expand, some schools will merge, and some schools that we may have fond memories of will need to close," the mayor said. "Nostalgia has the power to make the past a priority over the present. And we might not always like what is proposed, but all of us should support the work of the School Board on this mission—it’s what’s best for our kids, our future, and it will help get Baltimore growing again."

Posted by Erica Green at 12:50 PM | | Comments (4)
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The best way to keep a poor community down is to strip it of it amenties, no markets, no banks, no schools. Who is going to move into that type of community but people with no other choice. Grow Baltimore, not going to happen Madame Mayor.

@Erica - rumor has it that the Baltimore City Council of PTAs has been restarted by the MDPTA

I don't think the city has fully addressed what its taking place INSIDE of the buildings. While I agree some buildings could use update and renovation, lets take one step at a time. How about we first address the abysmal state of education in this city and make some progress there first. It seems odd that I still cannot get enough books for my classroom and they are contemplating multi million dollar renovations. However, I'm not at all surprised at the cart before horse operation style of operating.

I don't think the city has fully addressed what its taking place INSIDE of the buildings. While I agree some buildings could use update and renovation, lets take one step at a time. How about we first address the abysmal state of education in this city and make some progress there first. It seems odd that I still cannot get enough books for my classroom and they are contemplating multi million dollar renovations. However, I'm not at all surprised at the cart before horse operation style of operating.

Sounds like a veiled threat to the city wide schools to me. I wonder if SRB would close down her own Alma Mater, Western High School, in the name of children.

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