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Thursday, May 8, 2008

School Facilities Update

This is an update and revisit of the post "City Schools: a Gradual Building Replacement Plan" I have gathered more data and have come up with a more aggressive plan that not only includes Elementary/Middle Schools but High Schools and Smaller Learning Communities. In the spirit of my previous post it will focus on shedding class room space, building new schools, and proper utilization of classroom space. I will use the district precincts as models but a few schools might not be in their precincts. *means school is slated for closure already. If a school isn't mentioned on this post, it doesn't need to be changed.


East Area
Close Lakewood, Fort Worthington, Dr. Raynor Browne, and Collington Square Elementaries.
Build McElderry Park Elementary/Middle Capacity 15oo
Build new school on the former grounds of Collington Square Elementary

Close Cecil, Johnston Square, and Dr. Raynor Browne Elementary and relocate students to Harford Heights Campus. Rename school South Clifton Park Elementary/Middle Build 307 seat
addition Capcity 1975


Close Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle
Close Thomas G. Hayes Elementary*
Relocate Eager Street Academy and Laurence G. Paquin Middle/High to Dunbar High Campus.
Relocate New Era and Southside Academy Students Here after 300 seat addition/renovation

North Area
Close Dallas F. Nicholas, Barclay, and Margaret Brent Elementaries
Build Charles Village Elementary/Middle Capacity 975
Build new school on a parking next to city schools headquarters on 25th St.

Close Hampden, Medfield Heights and the Green School
Build Hampden-Woodberry Elementary/Middle
Capacity 675
Build new school on the grounds of the former Robert Poole Middle

Close Robert Poole Middle*
Close Winston Middle*
Close Chinquapin Middle
Close Northern High (Schools housed here at now at Western High Campus)
Close Mount Washington Elementary

Redistrict Mount Washington Elementary Students to Roland Park Elementary/Middle following a renovation

Build 175 seat addition/renovation at Leith Walk Elementary rename Chinquapin Elementary/Middle following a renovation.

Build new Waverly Elementary/Middle* Capacity 700

Close Guilford, Walter P. Carter, and Govans Elmentaries
Build Winston Govans Elementary/Middle
Capacity 1025
Locate new building on the grounds of the former Winston Middle

Close Lois T. Murray, Yorkewood, Northwood Elementary, and Northwood Academy
Build Loch Raven Elmentary/Middle
Capacity 1400
Locate new building on the grounds of the former Chinquapin Middle

Send Western High Students to Polytech following a renovation.
Close Former Northern High Campus
Relocate W.E.B. DuBois and Reginald F. Lewis students to newly vacated Western High following a renovation


Northeast Area
Close Woodhome, Glenmount, and City Neighbrors Charter Elementaries.
Build North Harford Road Elementary/Middle Capacity:1450
Locate new building on the grounds of the former Hamilton Middle

Close Garrett Heights and Hamilton Elementarys
Build Lauraville Elementary/Middle
Capacity: 950
Locate new building on the grounds of the former Hamilton Elementary

Close Hamilton Middle*
Close Thurgood Marshall Middle*
Close Northeast Middle

Close Furley, Gardenville, and Hazelwood Elementarys
Build Gardenville Elementary/Middle
Capacity 1400
Locate new building on the grounds of the former Thurgood Marshall Middle
Relocate Heritage and Doris M. Johnson High Schools to the Thurgood Marshall/ Samuel L. Banks High Campus following a renovatio/addition. Close Lake Clifton/Eastern High Building and restore the lake that the building currently sits on. Capacity:2850

Close Sinclair Lane and Brehms Lane Elementarys
Build Belair Edison Elementary/Middle Capacity 1050
Locate new building on the grounds of the former Northeast MiddleRelocate Baltimore City College and Harbor City High to Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High following a renovation/addition bringing the capacity to 2700.

Relocate Stadium, Coldstream Park, Abbottston, and Montebello Elementaries to the now vacant Baltimore City College Building following a renovation/addition. Rename Coldstream Homestead Montebello Elementary/Middle. Capacity 1800


Northwest Area
Close Fallstaff, Cross Country
Build Western Run Elementary/Middle
Capacity 900
Locate new building on the grounds of the former Northwest High

Close Liberty, Windsor Hills, and Hilton Elementaries
Build Forest Park Elementary/Middle
Capacity 775
Locate new building on the grounds on the former Garrison Middle

Close Grove Park, Arlington, and Langston Hughes Elementaries
Build Woodmere Elementary/Middle
Capacity 1075
Locate new building on the grounds of the former Pimlico Middle

Renovate/build addition at Calvin M. Rodwell Elementary
Rename Howard Park Elementary/Middle
Capacity 300

Close Callaway Elementary and redistrict all students to Ashburton Elementary/Middle following a renovation/addition. Capacity 1000

Close Pimlico, Dr. Martin Luther Jr., and Edgecombe Circle Elementaries
Build Park Heights Elementary/Middle
Capacity 1675
Locate new building on the grounds of the former Edgecombe Circle Elementaries

Close Pimlico Middle*
Close Garrison Middle
Close Northwest High


Relocate Northwest High to Greenspring Middle Campus Following a Renovation.

Relocate Acceleration Academy at Gwynn Oak and George W. McMechen Middle/High to Forest Park High Campus following a renovation.


South Area
Close George Washington, Stuart Hill, and Charles Carroll Barrister Elementaries
Build Washington Village Elementary/Middle (I'd prefer Pigtown)
Capacity 725
Locate new building on the grounds of the former Diggs Johnson Middle

Close Samuel F.B. Morse, Southwest Charter School, and James McHenry Elementaries
Build Hollins Market Elementary/Middle
Capacity 925
Locate new building on the grounds of the former James McHenry Elementary

Close Diggs Johnson Middle*
Close Benjamin Franklin Middle* (need not be used as a High School)
Close Arnett J. Brown Middle Campus (Southside/New Era Academies) now at Dunbar Campus

Close Westport Academy, Lakeland Elementary/Middle, and Arundel Elementary/Middle
Build Inner Harbor West Elementary/Middle
Capacity 1275

Close Cherry Hill, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, and Patapsco Elementary Middles
Build Waterview Elementary/Middle
Capacity 1375
Locate new building on the grounds of the former Arnett J. Brown Middle

Close Sharp-Leadenhall, Federal Hill, Thomas Johnson, and Francis Scott Key Elementaries
Build South Baltimore Elementary/Middle
Capacity 1375
Locate new building on the grounds of the former Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle

Close Curtis Bay,Bay Brook and Maree Farring Elementary/Middles
Build Brooklyn-Curtis Bay Elementary/Middle
Capacity 1150
Locate new building on the grounds of the former Benjamin Franklin Middle

Relocate Francis M. Woods Alt. High to former Southern High Campus following a renovation


Southeast Area
Close City Springs, General Wolfe Elementarys, and Inner Harbor East Academy
Build Fels Point Elementary Middle
Capacity 750
Locate new building on the grounds of the former Crossroads School

Close Tench Tlighman, Commodore John Rodgers, and William Paca Elementarys
Build Patterson Park Elementary/Middle
Capacity 1250

Close Both Highlandtown Elementarys and Patterson Public Charter School
Build new Highlandtown Elemntary/Middle
Capacity 700
Locate new building on the grounds of the former Highlandtown Elementary#215

Rename Hampstead Hill Elementary/Middle to Canton Elementary/Middle
following a renovation

Close Canton Middle*
Close Southeast Middle*Close Lombard Middle*
Close the Crossroads School

Close Graceland Park-O'Donnell Heights, Holabird, John Ruhrah Elementarys
Build Southeast Elementary/Middle
Capacity 775
Locate new building on the grounds of the former Southeast Middle

Relocate Claremont School, Baltimore Freedom Academy, and Alternative Learning Center to Patterson High Campus following a renovation.

Renovate Armistead Gardens Elementary to make for Middle School students in its district.


Southwest Area
Relocate Augusta Fels Academy of the Visual Arts, Vivien T. Thomas Institute for Medical Arts, and Talent Development High Schools to Edmondson Westside Campus following a renovation.

Close Southwest High*
Close Calverton Middle*
Close West Baltimore *

Close Lyndhurst, and Mary E. Rodman Elementarys and Rognel Heights Elmentary/Middle
Build Edmondson Village Elementary/Middle
Capacity 1050
Locate new building on the grounds of the former Lyndhurst Elementary

Close North Bend, Beechfield and Thomas Jefferson Elementarys
Build Ten Hills Elementary/Middle
Capacity 1200
Locate new building on the grounds of the former West Baltimore Middle

Close Sarah M. Roach, Fredrick, and Bentalou Elementarys
Build Carroll South Hilton Elementary/Middle
Capacity 1025
Locate new building on the grounds of the former Southwest High

Close Alexander Hamilton, and James Mosher Elementarys, and Empowerment Academy
Build Bridgeview-Greenlawn Elementary/Middle
Capacity 925
Locate new building on the grounds of the former Alexander Hamilton Elementary

Close Belmont, Rosemont, and Lafayette Elementarys
House in Calverton Middle building following a renovation
Locate new building on the grounds of the former Calverton Middle


West Area
Relocate Maritime Academy High School to Walbrook High Campus

Relocate Coppin Academy, Youth Opportunity, and Renaissance Academy to Carver Vocational High Campus

Close Harlem Park Middle*
Close William H. Lemmel Middle*
Close Booker T. Washington Middle*
Close Lillie M. Jackson Elementary*

Relocate following a renovation.

Relocate Alternative Learning Center, Connextions Leadership Academy, Baltimore Urban League, and Central Career Academy at Briscoe to Fredrick Douglas High followong a renovation.

Close Harlem Park, Harriett Tubman,Franklin Square,and Lockerman Bundy Elementarys
Build new Harlem Park Elementary/Middle
Locate new building on the grounds of the former Harlem Park Middle

Close George G. Kelson, Gilmor, and William Pinderhuges Elementarys
Build Sandtown-Winchester Elementary/Middle
Locate new building on the grounds of the soon to be demolished Gilmor Homes

Close Furman L. Templeton, Eutaw Marshburn, and Samuel Cooliage Taylor Elementarys
Create Heritage Crossing Elementary/Middle in former Booker T. Washington Building

Close Westside, Matthew A. Henson, and John Eager Howard Elementarys
Build Reservoir Hill Elementary/Middle

Close Midtown Academy and Mount Royal Elementary/Middle
Build Bolton Hill Elementary/Middle

Close Robert W. Coleman, Edgewood, and Gwynns Falls Elementarys
Build Mondawmin Elementary/Middle
Locate new building on the grounds of the former William H. Lemmel Middle

Well there you have it. The school system has shed thousands of unfilled seats and built new schools at the same time while preserving schools that are attractive and historically significant and for the most part there is little to no land acquisition for new schools and demolished schools can be sold off for development.

2 comments:

westside said...

The entire Robert Poole complex should be closed and whatever schools it currently contains relocated. The land should either be sold off or turned into an extension of Roosevelt Park or some combination thereof. Conduit Ave should be extended south to 36th Street. Poole is in a terrible location and partially cuts the southwest corner of Hampden off from the rest of the neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

I am offended to believe you would want to have these enormous buildings to house student populations as if it is a prison or warehouse. Additionally, you have neglected to take into account the community pride and community ties that many have to their local schools. It would be a nightmare to have an elementary school with close to 2000 students. I can tell you didn't consult with one educator while developing this atrocious plan.