Opening day delayed for 6 Baltimore schools

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The school year will start two days late for students at six Baltimore schools because of problems getting the facilities ready to open.

Dr. Samuel L. Banks High School, Abbottston Elementary School, The Stadium School and Highlandtown Elementary School No. 237 - all housed at the Dr. Samuel L. Banks Professional Development Center, 2500 East Northern Parkway - will open Thursday instead of Tuesday, when the rest of the city's public schools open.

Flooding last weekend in a boiler room at the professional development center caused a lingering power outage, officials said. It is uncertain when the power will be restored.

Digital Harbor and Southern high schools, both at 1100 Covington St., also will open Thursday because of delays in summer renovations.

Students at Digital and Southern will report Thursday to their normal school buildings, but those who attend schools at the professional development center will report to the following locations for the first day:

Dr. Samuel L. Banks High School reports to Thurgood Marshall Middle, 5001 Sinclair Lane.

Abbottson Elementary reports to Harford Heights Primary and Intermediate schools, 1919 N. Broadway.

Stadium School reports to Fairmount Harford High School, 2555 Harford Road.

Highlandtown Elementary No. 237 reports to Canton Middle, 801 S. Highland Ave.

"We regret that students will be delayed a couple days," said Jeffery Grotsky, the school system's chief of staff. "But we're sure that parents will understand."

Grotsky said it might have been possible to open Digital, Southern and the professional development center Tuesday, but it would not have been practical.

"We wanted to make sure we didn't have any issues for the health and safety of our students and staff," he said.

Grotsky said students who attend the six schools will not have an extended school year because of the delay.

"Hopefully, we'll just accelerate things a little bit," he said. "We don't think kids will lose out."

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