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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

School Closures

At its meeting on January 8, 2013, the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners voted to close three low-performing middle schools with significantly under-utilized buildings and one low-performing elementary/middle school that is under utilized and serves a community where three other elementary/middle schools have available seats. The four schools are Baltimore Rising Star Academy, Garrison Middle School, William C. March Middle School and Patapsco Elementary/Middle School, all of which are approved for closure as of June 30, 2013.

Read the Board's official written decision regarding the four school closings, issued on January 22, 2013. Appeal of the Board’s decision was required to be submitted in writing within 30 days after the date of issue of the Board’s written decision; with no appeal filed, the district will proceed to implement the Board's decision.

On January 10, the Board received recommendations on renewal of charters and contracts for 25 schools with outside operators. On March 12, following review and discussion of the recommendations, the Board voted to close Baltimore Freedom Academy, a charter school, as of June 30, 2013.

City Schools staff from  Enrollment, Choice and Transfers will work with all current students and families at the affected schools, to assist them in selecting the best school option for the 2013-14 school year.