A journey just begun
Ground is broken for a new 700-seat elementary school in Baltimore County's northwest


Under bright sunshine and blue skies, BCPS educators and state and county elected officials joined several northwest county children in breaking ground for the new 700-seat elementary school along Lyons Mill Road that will serve the community's growing population.

Slated for an August 2015 opening, the new school will boast more than 80,000 square feet and the most up-to-date technology in the county, among other amenities, according to school officials. Construction already is underway – not only at the school site but at planned housing developments that literally flank both sides of the school property.

But amid the dust and growling of distant bulldozers, all Maralee Clark could see was the vision of a new, two-story elementary school rising from the ruddy clay.  "It's the start of our journey," she told the crowd who assembled on August 26 for the groundbreaking ceremony. "Stay tuned."

Guests heard from Charles McDaniels, vice president of the Board of Education of Baltimore County, as well as from BCPS Superintendent S. Dallas Dance and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. Clark also received a citation from Governor Martin O'Malley that was presented by Gloria Mikolajczyk of the Maryland State Department of Education's school construction office.  Among the students assisting with the groundbreaking were Aman Bhogal, Donovan Brookins, Ugochi Uradu, and Vivian Xiong.

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