Second Towson elementary school overcrowding meeting scheduled

A second input meeting regarding elementary school overcrowding in the Towson area is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carver Center for Arts and Technology, school officials confirmed.

Charles Herndon, a BCPS spokesman, said letters went home from schools on Thursday informing parents that input from the meeting held May 16 will be summarized, and the next steps of the process to alleviate overcrowding in the York Road corridor.

School officials could not confirm Friday which schools were invited to the meeting, though the first meeting included West Towson, Rodgers Forge, Stoneleigh, Hampton, and Ridge Ruxton School.

At the May 16 meeting, school officials asked attendees to suggest locations to add elementary school seats, and floated the possibility of building a new 700-seat elementary school to replace Rodgers Forge on that school’s campus.

“As I talk to parents and community leaders, it's clear there is a whole menu of options that can fix this problem,” Councilman David Marks, who represents Towson and attended the first meeting, said. “At the next input meeting, the school system needs to list the pros and cons of each option, and then start private meetings with affected communities like Rodgers Forge and West Towson.”

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