Chapel Hill Elementary Slated for New Roof, Not AC
Baltimore County has requested $970,000 in state funds for the Perry Hall elementary school's new roof.
By September 2014, Chapel Hill Elementary School students could be studying under a brand new roof, but don't expect the school's interior to be any cooler.
Earlier this month, the Baltimore County Board of Education approved its proposed fiscal year 2014 capital budget, a request for more than $72 million in state funds.
Chapel Hill was the only Perry Hall school approved for a major project. A roof replacement, expected to cost $970,000, was listed eighth out of 30 projects in priority.
School roofs may require replacement about every 20 years, according to county spokesperson Diana Spencer.
Chapel Hill first opened in 1962 and received an addition in 2000. Its roof now shows "show significant signs of decline," Spencer wrote in an email to Patch.
Chapel Hill school officials declined to comment on the proposed roof replacement.
But while the roof may soon be replaced, the school was not included among eight schools slated for air conditioning—at a cost of between $800,000 and $2.1 million per project.
The county recently released a priority list of schools to receive air conditioning, which did not specify funding or time frame. Out of 47 schools, Chapel Hill was listed 30th, Joppa View was listed 38th and Kingsville was listed 18th.
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, a major proponent of bringing air conditioning into every Baltimore County school, recently spoke about the situation during a Perry Hall Improvement Association meeting.
Franchot suggested using window units in the classrooms of older schools in order to offset costs.
"These classrooms are as hot as ovens," he said. "You guys have got to join the rest of the state."
Editor Nayana Davis contributed to this report.