Build Crofton High School (BCHS) Rally
Anne Arundel County Board of Education
Wednesday, September 17 at 7 p.m.
Build Crofton High School (BCHS) supporters will rally at the Anne Arundel County Board of Education on Wednesday, September 17, at 7 p.m. to encourage the Board to include a 13th high school in the Capital Improvement Plan.
Crofton Middle School currently feeds two distant high schools: South River H.S., 17 miles southeast of Crofton, and Arundel H.S., 13 minutes north of Crofton. Who could have imagined that this community would be celebrating its 50th Anniversary without yet having a local high school!?!?!?
Nine of the twelve Anne Arundel County high schools will be over 100% capacity by 2023, including both South River and Arundel High Schools. In spite of this fact, the Board of Education and County Council have no plan for building a thirteenth high school. If the BCHS effort isn’t successful, children currently attending Crofton, Crofton Woods, Crofton Meadows and Nantucket Elementary Schools will be attending overcrowded schools AND spending countless wasted hours on the road to get there and back home.
Several local politicians attended an August 28 meeting of BCHS, including Republicans Councilman Jerry Walker and Delegate Cathy Vitale, candidates for the House, Henry Green (D), Tom Angelis (D), Sid Saab (R), and Wes Adams (R). BCHS organizer John Boniface quipped that the official color of BCHS, which is purple, is a perfect blend of Democrat Blue and Republican Red.
In addition to capacity problems, several residents at the August meeting mentioned the cost of transporting Crofton students to South River and Arundel High Schools. Since a Crofton high school would be located behind the current Crofton Middle School, many students would be able to walk, significantly cutting transportation costs for the county. (And, I might add, avoid the expense of purchasing land to build a high school.)
Local schools are important to your property value. As a long-time real estate agent in Crofton, I can’t emphasize enough how important the schools are to property values in a community. Relocating home buyers often investigate factors like overcrowding and distance to school before they will consider a community. Even if there are no children in your household, it’s important for you to support BCHS now – if only for financial reasons.
The squeaky wheel gets the grease.
Crofton residents must persist in “squeaking” – a strategy used successfully by Severna Park residents to get a new high school. Please take an hour out of your evening this Wednesday, September 17, to attend the BCHS rally at the Board of Education, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. Your mere presence will help create a visual impression on Board members that Crofton is serious about building a local high school.
Many thanks to Jenn Morson for contributing to this post. Jenn grew up in Crofton and her children attend Crofton Elementary School. She is an active participant in the BCHS effort. Thank you, John Boniface, for providing a copy of the flier.