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The pending sale of the Government Center would move the North Point Police Precinct from its current home to what is now Eastwood Magnet Elementary School, located on Westham Way off Eastern Avenue. That plan set off another round of controversy when the Baltimore County Board of Education voted to close the Eastwood school and consolidate it with Norwood Elementary and Holabird Middle schools as one school, despite a plea from Eastwood parents for their school to remain open.
NHCA (Norwood Holabird Community Association) Proposal
Ayres and the NHCA have offered an alternative plan for the site if a sale is unsuccessful. The NHCA plan is for the county to tear down the Government Center and build a new state-of-the-art centralized educational facility for grades K through 8 and to close Norwood, Bear Creek and Grange elementary schools and Gen. John Stricker
and Holabird middle schools. Ayres said with the population decline in Dundalk and with many of the current school facilities becoming outdated, it is likely that the county will close more schools in the next decade. “Baltimore
County will eventually close down these [elementary and middle] schools. Let’s be proactive and present this plan to the county,” Ayres said back in February ... The NHCA school plan has been met with resistance in the community.
Two of the biggest critics have been Dundalk United members Rich Foot and Debbie Staigerwald.
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