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'Disappointed' Marks: AC Budget Skips Perry Hall Schools

Baltimore County announced ten more schools slated for air conditioning, but none were northeast of Towson.

said he believes more schools in his district, which stretches from Towson to Perry Hall, should have been budgeted for air conditioning this year.

"I am disappointed that not a single school northwest of Towson is scheduled to receive air conditioning ... all I'm saying is that the northeast area that I represent deserves the same level of treatment as other areas I represent," Marks said.

A list of the ten schools, recently by the county to receive air conditioning can be found . County Executive Kevin Kamenetz received praise from State Comptroller Peter Franchot following the budget announcement, Patch .

"The county executive deserves credit for making this investment in climate control, particularly in light of the ongoing fiscal challenges that continue to face Baltimore County as a result of the sluggish economy. I am optimistic that he will continue to take steps in future years to address the conditions of those  schools in Baltimore County that remain without air conditioning," Franchot stated.

Marks said he is "hopeful" that more schools in the northeast will receive air conditioning in 2013 and 2014. He said he would like to see all schools in the county air conditioned within the next three to five years.

Installation costs less in newer schools, according to Marks, yet and —both Perry Hall schools built in the 1990s—remain without air conditioning.

"My wife and I understand this from first-hand experience," said Marks, whose son attends Joppa View.

Marks released the following list of Perry Hall schools that do not have air conditioning:

Perry Hall Schools

AC or Planned AC

Y Y Y N Y N N

N

Is heat a serious issue in non-air conditioned schools? Which schools are most in need of air conditioning? Tell us in the comments.

Honeygo Hal April 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Okay, so KK should get some cheers for putting AC in the schools - but this is more ammunition for the argument that he plays favorites with those Council members that kiss his butt. Personally, I would argue to have the elementary schools converted first, regardless of location, but that is not my call. One term for KK - make your vote count!
Voter April 23, 2012 at 12:34 PM
I agree that this is clearly a case of Kamiputz being spiteful and not cooperating with our Councilman. Hopefully, once this term is done.... he will be voted out. Perry Hall/White Marsh are a pretty large voting base and KK has now shown what he thinks of us. Next election... let's show him what we think of him !
Pat Crum April 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Honeygo Hal and Voter, you are so right. I thought that the County Executive and Councilmen were elected to serve in the best interest of the public not along political lines. It does seem like the County Executive shows favoritism for those who play his game. I'm sick and tired of O'Malley like politics. Thank heavens for Councilman David Marks who always serves in the best interest of his constituents unlike Councilman Todd Huff who plays "old boy" politics.
Joe April 23, 2012 at 01:26 PM
David Marks our next County Executive?
Tim April 23, 2012 at 02:26 PM
You know what? Let's see what he does in next year's budget. Let's take this objectively, and take biases out of it. Some of you know AC in schools is, hands down, my #1 hot button issue with this county. He's getting AC installed in 10 schools, in a fiscal climate that's completely anti-additional spending due to the heathens in Congress refusing to spend money. Compound this by the fact that we have captain tax and spender (the other side of the spectrum from Congress) O'Malley who generally pushes and goes beyond the taxing envelope, yet spends it wherever random places he deems more important. My belief is the state should be having a much greater influence in upgrading the county schools, considering the state Department of Education has a major say and access to state tax income and allocation for this. I rip Kamenetz for some things, but I'm not going to rip him for this. Yet. If we're still talking about this next year, with our area getting screwed a second straight year, then absolutely I'll be angry.
Tim April 23, 2012 at 02:31 PM
One more note: Once again, I still cannot believe they actually built an elementary school in (what was it, 1990?) in Joppa View and didn't install AC. Whoever authorized that should be drawn and quartered.
PH Mom April 23, 2012 at 04:40 PM
There is AC at Joppa View in the building behind the main school which houses only the Kindergarten and 5th graders. It was as though they took care of the newest and oldest while my child attended. I agree that this school, in the year it was built, should have had full air conditioning. But then again, whenever it is a bit hot the schools shut down, so why bother?
John Doe April 23, 2012 at 05:15 PM
The kids without AC will be given a bag of ice each morning and told to "think cool" throughout the day. They should only allow county officials to hold their meetings in non-AC classrooms at 2:30PM each day - vote that into the budget.
Tim April 23, 2012 at 05:23 PM
If all the schools had AC to begin with, they wouldn't have so many heat related days off. I'm thinking you realize this though :) It's not an issue that can and or will be fixed within 2 years. This is a problem that has (apparently) been neglected by Baltimore County and the State for decades. This situation doesn't happen overnight. This is progress. Sure, it's not progress that we're all personally in favor of (we'd like to see our schools first) but again, Kamenetz deserves credit for fitting this in, and a mulligan on his judgment for one year. I wish it was more balanced, but I don't know all the details within the decision making process.
Tim April 23, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Agreed. I bet we'd get 20 new schools with A/C next year if they did.
John Doe April 23, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I'm serious - county official meetings should be only held in non-AC schools until further notice. They always want to find out the needs of the people - here is their chance.
wayne j yowell April 24, 2012 at 08:34 PM
AGAIN WE SEE POLITICS PLAYING WITH PERRY HALL SCHOOLS/SINCE MARKS FAILED TO SUPPORT KK OUR CHILDREN FAIL TO RECEIVE A/C EVEN THOUGH THE 3 SCHOOLS HAVE A VERY DENSE POPULATION AND ARE VERY OLD/I WONDER IF JOE B. WOULD HAVE PLAYED SUCH FAVORITES?ONE TERM FOR THE"OLD TIME" POLITICAL BOSS........
charles richardson April 24, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Why is it always a conspiracy? When the County Executive, after what I assume has conducted meetings to prioritize projects have taken place, makes decisions, why do those who end up feeling left out, feel the need to make derogatory remarks and assume the fix is in. When Ted Stevens got money for Alaska or Robert Byrd got money for West Virginia was the charge, conspiracy? They were able to secure funds for their states. This is no different on a local County level. I wish the bloggers on this site would lower the rhetoric and realize that's not exactly the way to get future investments. You don't see Councilman Marks engaging in this rhetoric. In fact I see just the opposite. He exhibited a willingness to support both sides of the aisle. Give him a chance to "bring home the bacon", then make an informed observation.
Honeygo Hal April 25, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Conspiracy, conshmiracy - many folks here (and elsewhere) don't like KK for a variety of reasons, and his actions, no matter what the motivation will come back to bite him in his next election. ONE TERM - Make your vote count!
Ron Burgundy April 25, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Honeygo, you make Charles' point, thank you for confirming all suspicions. It is clear you have a one track mind and regardless of the issue you will be against this Exec.I guess that's what makes America ,America. Welcome to the land of partisian politics at it's finest. Never possibly see the good.
Honeygo Hal April 25, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Yes, Ron, I will oppose KK - and make my vote count. I do not think he is worthy of a recall (if that is even possible in Baltimore County) but his time has come. Patch readers - please see the longer, more detailed article currently on Patch that discusses issues that others have had with KK. It's not one or two, but many in county as well as state government. Some reactions from other lawmakers have had an impact on Baltimore County due to his 'my way or the highway' attitude.
Tim April 25, 2012 at 11:52 AM
What I will say about this, is why anyone voted for this guy and expected different? it was completely apparent though his profile and history that this was how he'd operate. A lot like Mitt Romney would if he became president, actually. These two are birds of a feather, albeit different parties. Similar personalities. I didn't vote for Kamenetz, for the record.
Honeygo Hal April 25, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Tim, After much soul-searching, neither did I.
John Doe April 25, 2012 at 03:54 PM
It seems quite simple. You want kids to learn, participate, and invest in their community? - give them the tools they need. You want kids to worry more about keeping cool than science or math? - then expect more dollar stores to go up in the area.
D. Stevens April 25, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Just so you all know, KK did not recommend the schools to receive AC. He simply approved the budget, which included the 10 schools, that the board of education approved. The board minuets are posted on the BCPS website, so you can see that these schools were discussed and are on slate to be presented in the proposed budget. Informed citizens should know that the teacher to student ratios are listed on the BCPS website as well. Department chairs that don't teach because of their duties for special education or other roles are counted in the teacher to student ratio. Also, special educators don't get paid to complete federal guidelines over the summer. Approved teaching programs and other items can also be found on the bcps website. Guidance counselors are required to do classroom guidance, along with work with students, complete observations, attend teams, do articulations, complete monthly attendance meetings with the PPW, work with new entrants, assist families in need, counsel students... And much more.
John Doe April 26, 2012 at 06:27 PM
D. Stevens - I am making a general statement - I am not pointing the finger at one person. I expect elected officials to look "down the road" in decision making of any type. Proactive, not reactive. I don't understand why education is not looked at as a top priority. Why would you be a teacher when most are underpaid? There are plenty of reasons not to become a teacher - we need to make plenty of reasons to become a teacher. Until people prioritize what is truly important, then we will get what we get.

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