1:30 PM EDT, May 20, 2013
I am writing in reference to your article, "Questions but few answers regarding elementary school in Catonsville" (May 15). I am a parent at Westowne Elementary in Catonsville. I am concerned that our school is not being included in Baltimore County Public Schools' plans to address overcrowding and the other problems associated with aging schools.
My husband attended the May 8 community input meeting. Westowne was not included in the BCPS overcrowding presentation. The three other Catonsville elementary schools were listed and discussed. Our school is 114 percent over capacity, more than Catonsville Elementary and just 4 percent less than Westchester Elementary. Like Catonsville Elementary, our school does not have air conditioning and does not have adequate infrastructure to handle modern climate control. Unlike Catonsville Elementary, we have not been scheduled for air conditioning and have not been given a time frame or explanation about when it is our turn. Meanwhile, our children, teachers, and staff spend their days in classrooms that reach at least 80 degrees on hot days — conditions that exceed safe temperatures and neglect to meet their basic needs.
We are an aging, overcrowded school yet we have not been included in BCPS plans to meet the needs of Catonsville's elementary schools. George Moniodis said the meeting had to be arranged quickly. I find that reason inadequate to explain why Westowne Elementary was the only one of Catonsville's four elementary schools to have been left out.
Justine K. Stull, Catonsville
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