Dance tells Kamenetz he's dropping plans for two schools

In a letter Tuesday to Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, school Superintendent Dallas Dance said he had agreed to drop the plan to renovate the former Loch Raven Elementary School and put an addition on the Cromwell Valley Elementary School.

"As we discussed, I am committed to working with you, as we have been, regarding our capital plan moving forward," Dance said.

Last Friday, Kamenetz announced that he would not fund the proposals the school district had made for the two schools because the cost estimates had risen substantially. He said the school system should instead build a new school at the corner of Joppa Road and Bosley Avenue in Towson, on the site of an old school building that has been turned into a senior center.

Dance said in the letter that he wrote to the principals of the schools last week to tell them that the plans had changed and that they should share the information with their communities.

"We certainly agreed with you that any capital budget, and the proposed timelines related to those projects no longer apply," Dance wrote.

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