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A week of ribbon cuttings: Dundalk and Sollers Point high schools, and Hampton and Stoneleigh elementary schools
10/03/2013

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With bands playing and ribbons flying, Baltimore County Public Schools joined with communities in Towson and Dundalk during the past week to formally recognize and celebrate the opening of the new Dundalk and Sollers Point Technical high schools and major renovation projects at both Hampton and Stoneleigh elementary schools.

The ribbon cutting ceremonies together marked projects totaling more than $137.7 million in capital improvements at the schools. At each site, state-of-the-art learning facilities have been created, designed to nurture and support students well into the 21st century.

At Stoneleigh Elementary School, the community chose to expedite the renovation and addition project by relocating the staff and students to the old George Washington Carver Center in Towson for the 2012-2013 school year. That "180-day field trip," as Principal Christine Warner termed it, helped speed the work, which debuted formally at the ribbon cutting and community open house on September 24.

The Stoneleigh project included a 14-classroom addition and renovations to existing classrooms, the school's library, gymnasium, and administrative and health suites. Air conditioning was added to the entire school through the project, which was undertaken to help accommodate the school's growing enrollment and to update and improve the existing school building.

Making room for growth and improving the existing school also were priorities for the Hampton Elementary School project, which added more than 36,000 square feet to the original school building. In addition to air conditioning, Hampton also received a new classroom wing and renovations to existing classrooms, library, cafeteria, administrative and health suites, and art and music classrooms.

At the Hampton ribbon cutting and later open house on September 27, Principal Patricia Kaiser delighted in celebrating the project's many amenities with parents and dignitaries, including Superintendent S. Dallas Dance, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, members of the Board of Education of Baltimore County, and many county and state elected officials.
On October 1 in Dundalk, Principal Tom Shouldice of Dundalk High School and Principal Mike Weglein of Sollers Point Technical High School welcomed dignitaries and the community to a daylong celebration of the new Dundalk and Sollers Point Technical high schools building, a grand, 349,365-square-foot replacement for the worn and aging old Dundalk and Sollers Point buildings.

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the building that houses both schools, guests sampled on hors d'oeuvres from Sollers Point Technical's culinary arts students and enjoyed the vocal and instrumental talents of Dundalk High's chorus and band. They marveled at the school's light-filled commons area and visited the building's sleek new classrooms, media center, cafeteria, auditorium and spaces for technology including a café, automotive and diesel shops, cosmetology suites, and allied health labs.

(If you are viewing this story on a mobile device, please visit www.flickr.com/photos/bcps/sets..... to see more Dundalk/Sollers Point pictures, www.flickr.com/photos/bcps/sets..... for Hampton Elementary, and www.flickr.com/photos/bcps/sets/...... for Stoneleigh Elementary.)

Story and photos by Charles Herndon, Communications Specialist.
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