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Board of Ed Again Approves Mays Chapel Park As Site for New School

The decision comes after a contentious battle between area residents concerning the construction of a 700-seat elementary school.

The Baltimore County Board of Education again voted unanimously to approve the construction of a 700-seat elementary school at Mays Chapel Park.

"I feel that my interest must lie primarily with the students of Baltimore County," said board President Larry Schmidt, a Mays Chapel resident, ahead of the vote. "I frankly don't know when a gathering of little children to learn has come to be such a perceived threat to one's way of life."

The school is intended to alleviate overcrowding issues at elementary schools along the York Road corridor.

Opponents of the project, primarily senior residents living in a condo community close to the site, argued that the school would bring about issues including traffic and environmental concerns.

The Baltimore County Council unanimously voted in favor of a resolution on Jan. 23 approving the swap of a 10-acre wooded area of the Mays Chapel Park property and the adjacent 10-acre property made up of ballfields that is owned by the Baltimore County Public Schools system.

The Mays Chapel site was initially approved by the Baltimore County Board of Education last year. The state board of education, however, sent the process back for a second hearing after it ruled that the county board violated state law pertaining to legal notice requirements for the March 19, 2012 site selection hearing.

"As board president, I take ultimate responsibility for that failure," Schmidt said.

The state Department of Natural Resources must also approve the deal because of open space easements on the county's parcel. Those easements are expected to be transferred over to the new parcel.

Patch editors Bryan Sears and Nick DiMarco contributed to this report.

Ed March 02, 2013 at 02:27 PM
If MY age doesn't matter, why did you go out of your way to guess that Dagney was 16? What a tool.
john sullivan March 02, 2013 at 04:11 PM
YOU CERTAINLY HAVE A FIXATION WITH CAPITAL LETTERS & SCREAMING. PERHAPS YOU HAD A SAD CHILDHOOD. IN ANY CASE YOU CHOOSE TO REMAIN IGNORANT OF THE SUBJECT. LET ME REPEAT THAT. YOU CHOOSE TO REMAIN IGNORANT OF THE SUBJECT & ARE ARE AFRAID OF LEARNING THE 2004 FACTS. SO, "MR. ED" I AM NO LONGER WASTING MY TIME WITH A SAD SACK LIKE YOU. YOUR SAME OLD, SAME OLD REPETIONS ARE STALE. I WILL NO LONGER INTIMIDATE YOU. I HAVE MORE INTELLIGENT IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO. I HOPE YOU OVERCOME YOUR ILLNESS. GO SCREAM AT THE WALL. YOU HAVE MY PERMISSION TO USE CAPITAL LETTERS. SO LONG!
Ed March 03, 2013 at 03:21 AM
Sulli, it's not that I choose to remain ignorant of the 2004 report, its that I don't CARE about the 2004 report. You, apparently, choose to ignore the fact that before Baltimore County foolishly allowed water and sewer to be extended west of I-83 along Padonia Road, that area was sparsely populated and mostly rural open space. If Mays Chapel had never been built, there might not even be a need for another school in north-central Baltimore County. And by the way, for what its worth, I had a great childhood with great parents, great friends and a terrific education. :-)
Dagney Taggert March 04, 2013 at 03:39 PM
You know what Ed? This guy is a moron. He's insulted everyone who doesn't agree with his opinion. He resorts to name calling and bullying. Notice he's stopped mentioning all the 'facts' he's been trying to cram down everyone's throats. As for you John Sullivan, I'm a woman, I'm 45 years old, I've got two kids in Pinewood Elementary and I hope very much at least one of them will be attending the new school that will be built in May's Chapel. And by the way, since you're so busy telling everyone else how ignorant they are, you might want to Google Dagney Tagert. Maybe you'll learn something. I've had enough of this. I'm convinced you have nothing intelligent to add to this discussion.
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