Parents and community activists are hoping for a sea of Generals’ maroon tonight in support of Towson High School when the Board of Education solicits public input on the capital budget.
The group New in ’22 is advocating for a new building for Towson High that would be ready in 2022, and that means planning money would need to be secured now for the upcoming 2019 fiscal year.
Three of the group’s members spoke Tuesday night at the Board of Education meeting and decried the condition of Towson High, which was built in 1949 and partially renovated in 1996. BCPS ranked Towson the third-worst high school in the county in terms of facilities. The group is also asking the county to be more proactive about all BCPS facilities, which they say for too long have received mostly patchwork maintenance.
Towson High is also expected to be at 137 percent capacity in five years.
Recent photos shared by the New in ’22 group show a large tarp covering the school’s electrical panel, and there is also standing water.
An inspection earlier this month by the county fire department showed several violations, including “unsafe condition due to water leaking on building’s main electrical panels.”
“I cannot comprehend how it’s even possible that people — let alone children — can be in the building on a daily basis and not have it be a huge risk to their health and safety,” Gretchen Maneval, an Anneslie resident and New in ’22 member, said in an interview.
“It’s all of our collective jobs to stand up and have our voices heard and show why we have to have a new facility,” she said. “It’s at a crisis point.”
The public hearing is at 6:30PM on May 24 at the Greenwood campus, 6901 N. Charles Street, Building E. People may sign up to speak beginning at 5:30PM. Each speaker will be allotted three minutes and may bring a written copy of any remarks or provide remarks to the Board by email at email@example.com.