I am writing in regards to your article, "Questions but few answers regarding elementary school in Catonsville" (May 15). I am a parent at Westowne Elementary in Catonsville and am concerned that our school is not being included in Baltimore County Public School's plans to address overcrowding and other problems associated with aging schools.
Representatives from our school attended the May 8 community input meeting but Westowne was not included in the BCPS overcrowding presentation or acknowledged as being over state capacity levels. Our school is 114 percent over capacity, more than Catonsville Elementary and 4 percent less than Westchester Elementary. Both of these schools were included in the presentation. Like Catonsville Elementary, our school does not have air conditioning and does not have adequate infrastructure to handle 20th century climate control.
Unlike Catonsville Elementary, we have not been scheduled for air conditioning and we have been given no time frame or explanation about when it is our turn. Meanwhile, our children spend up to six hours a day in classrooms that can reach 80 degrees or higher on hot days. The school has such poor ventilation that average temperatures inside the classrooms are 10 degrees hotter than outside. We are an aging school but we aren't being included in the BCPS plan to address aging schools in Catonsville. When will this change?
China Williams, Catonsville
The writer is organizer of Westowne Elementary's air conditioning campaign.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun