Baltimore County News
Kamenetz Remains Committed to Education as Important Priority
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz highlighted the County’s impressive showing in U.S. News and World Report’s Best High Schools ranking, with seven of the County’s high schools making the grade as some of the best in the United States.
Three Baltimore County high schools were awarded gold medals: Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Eastern Technical High School and Hereford High School; and four schools merited silver medals: Towson High, Western School of Technology, Dulaney High School and Loch Raven High School. Of the top 20 ranked Maryland schools, almost one-third are in Baltimore County.
“I am immensely proud of the results we are seeing from County schools and this recognition just confirms the importance of our commitment to providing the best learning environments and facilitating academic success for all students,” said Kamenetz. “This critical support is evidenced by ongoing implementation of our $1.3 billion 10-year “Schools for Our Future” initiative, the largest single school construction program in the history of the state; enhanced use of innovative technology and increased graduation rates.”
U.S. News and World Report evaluated more than 22,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were judged on a number of criteria including the results of state proficiency assessments and how well they prepare students for college.Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:28:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/seven-baltimore-county-high-schools-ranked-among-nation-s-best-by-u-s-news-and-world-report
Planning Process to Update 2003 Revitalization Plan, Consider Possibilities for Enhancing this Busy Corridor
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Councilwoman Vicki Almond announced that the Baltimore County Department of Planning will undertake an 18-month comprehensive study of the Pikesville commercial corridor to develop recommendations for revitalizing this area of Baltimore County. County planners will assess existing conditions and trends in Pikesville and seek broad community input to help identify opportunities for positive change in the area from the City/County line to the Beltway.
“Having grown up in the area and representing it on the County Council for 16 years, I know this area well and recognize that people have a strong affinity with this historic town center,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “I was actively involved in the 2003 revitalization plan, which helped create design guidelines to promote high-quality redevelopment, and the area could certainly benefit from some focused attention again.”
“I am excited about the potential for enhancing the Pikesville business district and look forward to collaborating with the planners and area residents and businesses to bring a fresh burst of energy to this popular destination,” said 2nd District Councilwoman Vicki Almond.
“We are thrilled that the County is undertaking this review,” said Pikesville Chamber of Commerce President Mark Pressman, who also works as the Business Development and Strategy Director for the North Oaks Retirement Community in Pikesville. “This is a great example of businesses, community organizations and local government getting together to figure out what is best for the Pikesville community.”
About the Study
The three-phase project will begin with a thorough evaluation of the area including a review of demographics, zoning, pending and proposed development projects, transportation and parking, environmental issues, historic resources, housing, general real estate market conditions, businesses, public facilities and more. This initial background survey, expected to be completed by the end of 2017, will incorporate other relevant guidelines and designations including the status of recommendations in the 2003 Pikesville Revitalization Plan Update, Pikesville Commercial Revitalization Guidelines and Baltimore County Master Plan designations.
The second phase of the study will involve meetings with an extensive list of community stakeholders in the area including community groups, business owners, institutional and non-profit organizations and local and state government agencies. While there will be general community-wide input meetings, most will be with the individual groups of stakeholders to ensure a meaningful dialogue where information can be exchanged and discussed and all perspectives get a chance to be heard. The Department of Planning anticipates publishing draft/interim summaries to be available for public review by the spring of 2018.
A final document will be generated containing the findings and prioritized recommendations for action that identifies which entity will have primary responsibility for implementing each recommendation. The target date for publishing this final study document is the summer of 2018.Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:54:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/county-to-study-potential-for-rejuvenation-of-pikesville-commercial-revitalization-district
DPW to Host Citizens Review Committee Meeting on Baltimore County’s Ten Year Solid Waste Management Plan
Meeting to be Held on May 4 at 7:00 p.m.
In accordance with the Annotated Code of Maryland, Environment Article Section 9-503, the Baltimore County Department of Public Works is developing a new Ten Year Solid Waste Management Plan to cover the 2019–2028 period. As part of the Plan development process, a County Executive-appointed Solid Waste Management Citizens Review Committee (SWMCRC) has been formed to provide input and recommendations to the County regarding the content of the new Plan.
The next meeting of the SWMCRC will be held on Thursday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Executive Conference Room at 400 Washington Avenue in Towson. Anyone may attend and observe this open meeting, though there will not be an opportunity for public participation. People wishing to attend are asked to contact the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 410-887-2000 by Tuesday, May 2.
An agenda for the May 4 meeting will be made available online at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting time. This agenda, as well as additional information about the County’s Solid Waste Management Plan, will be located at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/solidwasteplan.Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:13:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/dpw-to-host-citizens-review-committee-meeting-on-baltimore-county-s-ten-year-solid-waste-management-plan
County in Final Stages of Building 16 New Schools, 12 Additions and 7 Major Renovations
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz included funds in his FY18 budget to accelerate the construction of four elementary schools in the County. Berkshire and Colgate Elementary Schools in Dundalk as well as Bedford Elementary in Pikesville and Chadwick Elementary in Woodlawn are all being moved forward by two or three years.
“With every school that we complete, we are one step closer to finishing the work we started in 2011,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “With our $1.3 billion Schools for our Future program, we are in the final stages of building 16 new schools, 12 additions, and 7 comprehensive renovations. I am very proud of this historic progress.”
Berkshire and Colgate elementary schools in Dundalk will now open in August 2020. Berkshire was originally scheduled to open in 2022 and Colgate in 2023. Bedford will now open in 2021, two years ahead of the original 2023 date. Chadwick will open in 2020 as opposed to 2023.
Schools for Our Future is Baltimore County’s $1.3 billion school construction program to upgrade facilities and provide modern learning environments for students and teachers.
The County Council will vote on Baltimore County’s FY18 budget May 25, 2017.Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:28:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/kamenetz-budget-accelerates-four-elementary-school-projects