Olszewski Asks Schools Superintendent to Open Dialogue

Dundalk residents are angry that they have not been included in the decision-making process regarding the proposed closure of Eastwood Elementary Magnet School.


Baltimore County Councilman John Olszewski Sr. has asked that the following letter—dated Jan. 18—that he wrote to Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent S. Dallas Dance be distributed to as many people as possible:

Dear Dr. Dance:

I am writing today on behalf of my constituents who are concerned about the proposed closing of Eastwood Magnet School and the changes being proposed for Norwood Elementary School and Holabird Middle School.

I attended a public meeting on Saturday, Janaury 12 in which many parents and residents of the respective communities voiced their concerns very clearly. They feel they have been left out of the process.

It is never an easy thing to close a school in a neighborhood no matter the reasons. However, members ot the PTA, parents and other concerned citizens state that there has not been an open transparent discussion with those being affected. When it comes to their children they need to know why this is being proposed, what is to become of the students. I think they deserve to have this open discussion.

An explanation is needed as to the status of Holabird Middle School and, is it in fact under capacity. What was Eastwood School chosen as the school to close?

I promised the parents and community leaders that I would write to you and ask for a meeting with you and all concerned residents. As someone new to our county and school system, I know that it must be extremely important to you to tackle these sometimes emotional issues within our schools. It means a lot to parents and students who might be facing big changes and they need to fully understand exactly what is happening.

I will be looking forward to your response. Hopefully soon we can meet in an open dialogue with all parents, PTA members and others within the community.

I appreciate your kind attention and consideration.

John Olszewski Sr.
County Council, 7th District

Steve January 24, 2013 at 04:09 PM
LOL "adult manor." = Private school education
Buzz Beeler January 24, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Crimson Tide, I responded the way I did because I felt you were being condescending. There is no need for that and you know it. It does nothing for moving forward your point of view. You took a shot at me and I fired back. I have always written, no matter where you stand, it's articulating your point in an adult manner. I learned the hard way in dealing with some of commentators on this site. I learned I was belittling myself engaging in their mindless, childish banter. NOT any more!
Steve January 24, 2013 at 04:37 PM
ROTFLMAO "I am a righter"
Frank January 24, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Close, but I prefer "comets".
kevin January 25, 2013 at 05:04 AM
Dundalk until you throw out your entire delegation and get new people ,many hardworking steelworkers love Dundalk.Get some to fill all offices .They've been tricked one time to many.They need jobs ,don't use union representatives they had chance but fell for the line.You have many hardworking families with deep roots recruit them get four or five and fill all offices. The Patch should post all positions open in 2014 with responsibilities Then let people apply through Patch .If you send an ENTIRE new crew to BC and Annapolis things will change.200 years later listen to the warning starting from Fort Howard "The Incumbants are coming".Make sure anyone who told you KKwas the way goes away .2014 wipe the slate clean.


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