Community gets more details about possible high school overcrowding solutions, gives input

On Thursday night at Carver High School in Towson, Anirban Basu of Sage Policy Group told approximately 200 parents and community members about the seven scenarios his firm has developed to relieve overcrowding in Baltimore County high schools.

But, Basu said before the presentation, those options “are likely to change” based on the feedback he’s already received and the input that’s still to come.

One thing he’s been hearing — and it was echoed Thursday night — is concern that his contract with Baltimore County Public Schools only looks at enrollment capacity but does not take into account the structural quality of the facilities.

For example, Dulaney High is not overcrowded, but it’s been ranked by BCPS as one of the worst high school buildings in the county. Does it make sense, parents ask, to redistrict more students into a crumbling school that lacks air conditioning?

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