Dulaney's deplorable conditions

How can Balt. Co. high schoolers succeed in a substandard building?

As a parent of three Baltimore County Public Schools students, I am glad to see that our superintendent appreciates the value of technology ("Dance: Investments in technology, personnel are critical," Jan. 7). I fear, however, that he has not fully appreciated the deplorable and unsafe conditions of our existing facilities.

Together with other parents, I established Friends of Dulaney High School last month after learning about the brown tap water, the exposed asbestos, the missing emergency lighting, the absence of any showers for young women, the many items routinely stored in hallways, the 90-degree classrooms and many, many other problems. The dedicated professionals who work there rarely complain for fear of reprisal and because they have lost hope for improvement so Mr. Dance may not be fully aware of the conditions at this county high school.

Mr. Dance's worthwhile efforts to enhance our STEM curriculum and provide greater access to technology for all students can only truly be successful in 21st-century learning environments. Dulaney High School is the only high school in the Central Area with the "Project Lead the Way" STEM curriculum. Yet classes are being held in converted wood shop classrooms. Collaboration takes place in tight hallways most often used as storage facilities because of inadequate design for modern educational requirements. Wifi service is very spotty.

We hope Mr. Dance will tour Dulaney in the near future to see the challenges faced there so that he can help us bring this excellent school into the 21st century as a safe, modern learning environment.

Sue Battle-McDonald, Timonium

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