Tom Quirk

Controversy simmers as Lansdowne High renovation design is debated

Controversy simmers as Lansdowne High renovation design is debated

Parents are sparring with public officials this week as the Baltimore County school board prepares to inspect a design for a controversial renovation of Lansdowne High School.

Warped walls, brown water, burst pipes and a sinking foundation are just some of the problems reported in the building, built in 1963. A 2014 school system report found that it was the worst high school facility in the county.

County officials are moving forward with plans for a renovation, which at $60 million would be the most expensive renovation ever in the county.

Some people, including parents, teachers and Comptroller Peter Franchot, say renovating such a dilapidated building is a waste of...

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