Should Crofton Have a High School?

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While high school may seem a long way off for Crofton parents with little ones, the process for getting a new school approved, design and built can take years. So, this week's question is:

Should Crofton have a high school?

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Cindy Drabick February 16, 2011 at 05:33 PM
Those of us with school age children all know the answer to this one!' Splitting up our high school children to 2 schools is not my first choice. Unfortunately, if the county only builds a new school every 20 years and SP just got it, whether we need it or not, we are out of luck.
Karts Huseonica February 16, 2011 at 05:53 PM
You are not out of luck Cindy. A high school can be built if a citizen committee is formed and collaborates with professionals who are familiar with building and running charter schools. The land could be leased from the county school system. It can be done. Karts Huseonica
Cindy Drabick February 16, 2011 at 05:56 PM
I know Art...but they have been trying since 1984...when I was at Arundel...fast forward, and we really haven't moved much further. I won't hold my breath, but maybe for my grandchildren...:)
Karts Huseonica February 16, 2011 at 06:32 PM
Cindy, give Art a ring at 443-254-5730. Karen CH
Tracy Willis February 16, 2011 at 06:32 PM
Of course we do! But the odds are stacked against us. The BoE does not support this issue because they feel SP is more important. And it was several years ago that one board member from SP voted against the 13th High School in Crofton. Cindy is correct, a citizen committee previsouly existed to no avail. Our community is tired of fighting a losing battle on this issue. Perhaps this was before the Charter School concept. Karts...do you personally know anyone familiar with building and runing a charter school? If yes, please share. I doubt these peole are easy to find!
Sid Saab February 16, 2011 at 06:42 PM
Art and Cindy you are both correct. The school have been in discussion for over 20 years. The Board of Eduaction says we dont need the school based on their formula. So the only way we can get it is by what Art stated but have to go futhur to convince the Speaker of the House of the need so funds can be allocated to the new school. The land is there once we get all on board then creative funding can be obtained perhaps thru public private partership or even have somepne such as a developer build the school with the County Leasing it back.
Karts Huseonica February 16, 2011 at 07:48 PM
@Tracy, I would suggest talking to Mr. Spear Lancaster spearlib@comcast.net or 410-923-3331. Again, this is a charter high school driven by a citizen committee with professional guidance. But folks cannot come to meetings, spout out that we need a high school, then walk away. They need to stay the course. Just do it; the odds are in YOUR favor. Karts (Karen & Art) Huseonica
Kim Ritter February 17, 2011 at 08:37 PM
Of course Crofton should have its own high school. My daughter is a freshman at U of Md now, but I WILL say that all Crofton residents should support this. The Anne Arundel County Executive apparently does not think this is a priority, even though Croftonians pay a hefty share of the county's taxes. It affected us personally, as we moved here when my child was in seventh grade. She made some wonderful new friends at Crofton Middle School, but then was separated from them just 2 years later when she started high school, so it was a bit traumatic.
Ed Woods March 07, 2011 at 01:54 PM
Should Crofton Have a High School? No. Does the Crofton AREA need a High School? Absolutely. And therein lies the problem as I see it. If folks want a 13th high school built in the Crofton area, it CAN be done. BUT, you need to remember that to get something done in this area, you MUST be totally inclusive. A "Greater Crofton Area" High School stands a good chance in the Budget, whereas a "Crofton" High School doesn't. It all goes back to the earlier years when Crofton was built. At first, Crofton was a Gated Community, and there was a great deal of animosity in the surrounding area. As time passed, the Gates disappeared and the surrounding area also began developing. But even today, there are still some who regard Crofton as a "Snobbish" Community where people look down on their neighbors. Sad, but fact.
Teresa McMinn March 07, 2011 at 03:30 PM
This is a fascinating, objective and thoughtful view of Crofton, its history and lingering feelings in the community. Thanks, Ed!
Karts Huseonica March 11, 2011 at 09:32 PM
Teresa and Cindy, has there been anymore chatter about the Crofton Area HS concept? Karen CH
Teresa McMinn March 11, 2011 at 09:36 PM
Feel free to contact me: teresamcminn@mac.com. Thanks! T.
Cindy Drabick March 12, 2011 at 12:20 AM
I think it's like beating a dead horse...and it's not going to happen unfortunately. Perhaps for my grandchildren... All of the preconceived notions of what Crofton stands for shouldn't come into play when we are talking about overcrowded schools, long bus rides, and no money in the county budget.
SCDM March 25, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Consider this: Anne Arundel Population in 1990 = 437,000. 2010 = 530,00. 2020 (projected): 560,000. AACS has not created a 'new' high school since 1982.


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