3:00 PM EDT, April 3, 2013
Once again, the motivation and reasoning of the Mays Chapel residents regarding the proposed new school have not been fully addressed with a clear and honest analysis ("Mays Chapel residents sue county, school board over land transaction," March 28). The rationale presented in this article for the community's opposition is limited to enjoyment of the park, traffic and property values. This report completely overlooks the most important reasons for objecting to this particular school construction project.
The reality is that the community recognizes that the plan for this proposed new school on this particular site is not truly child-centered, not educationally sound, not cost-effective and not environmentally responsible. Building this school on a site well removed from the children's neighborhoods, on a site the school system itself described in the past as "marginal," and on a site that has extremely limited accessibility for safety, in no way contributes to the welfare of the county's children.
This project also destroys the only Program Open Space parkland in the entire densely populated Mays Chapel area. Many additional, practical, less costly ways to meet the needs of the local elementary schools have been presented repeatedly, and repeatedly dismissed by school officials and local politicians.
This entire compelling and far-reaching issue must be examined and evaluated far more thoroughly than the government officials, the school board, the school system have been willing to do thus far.
Penny Noval, Timonium
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