|Release Date: 11/30/2012||Contact: Charles Herndon, 410-887-6111|
What: BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance will host the first of two Student Town Hall meetings planned for the 2012-13 school year. Each event will allow students to express their viewpoints on education and school-related topics of their choosing. A diverse group of 60 students for this inaugural Town Hall has been selected by principals from high schools in the eastern half of Baltimore County. Participating students will represent Chesapeake, Dundalk, Eastern, Kenwood, Loch Raven, Overlea, Parkville, Patapsco, Perry Hall, Rosedale Center, Sparrows Point, and Towson high schools. In addition, the meeting will be available to high school students throughout the county and to the public through live-streaming on BCPS-TV and the BCPS Web site, http://www.bcps.org/video/liveStream.html. Student viewers will be able to submit questions to Dr. Dance via Twitter. When: Wednesday, December 5, 2012, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Where: Chesapeake High School 1801 Turkey Point Road Essex, MD 21221 Background: During the Town Hall meeting, students will ask and discuss unscripted and unedited questions. The exchanges will provide Dr. Dance with the opportunity to learn from students about how best to address their educational needs and issues. Other high school students from across Baltimore County also will be encouraged to participate in the event, at the discretion of their principals, through a live-stream of the event on BCPS-TV (Comcast Cable Channel 73 and Verizon FiOS Channel 34 in Baltimore County). In the spring, Dr. Dance plans to host a second Town Hall meeting with students from the western half of Baltimore County. The media are welcome to attend either or both of the Student Town Hall events.