From Cyrus Etemad-Moghadam:
[Youth’s Benefit Elementary School] has been operating overcapacity for 20 years. The trend is going down. We feel that we should be able to live with the present situation for a few more years until a new school is built. The performance of YBES under this condition shows that the school management have been able to excel despite the conditions. As a result, we have proposed an comprehensive plan to the BOE.
Uppercrossroads families forwarded a plan to the BOE to build YBES as was initially planned in 2008. The school build is in the budget for 2015-2016. The school needs to be replaced. In 2007 the BOE deemed the primary building needed to be demolished and updating the secondary building would be more expensive than building a new one. This new building would provide a long term solution to the extended overcrowding of YBES – which in 2010-2011 which is well below the average enrollment in the past 20 years. For the short term, the school could continue to use the portables (4 are presently used for classrooms, the others are for special programs) until the school is complete. Unlike overcrowding at other schools with no end in sight, this plan works for all of Fallston because the portables can be removed in 5 years. The planned capacity of 1130 would also provide some capacity for fluctuation and new construction.
A positive side effect of the proposed plan is that Jarrettsville can bring all its students back and not have to suffer an excessive increase in enrollment, something the PTA and the school are concerned about. In the end, the plan serves both the Jarrettsville and the Fallston communities, and in the end, the children – which should be the county’s goal.