Every year, we take a close look at all of the city's schools and programs to make sure we are offering high-quality options to all of our students — no matter where they live or their particular needs, talents, and interests. We call this the annual school portfolio review.
This review results in a set of recommendations to the Board of School Commissioners each fall that can include
- Creating new schools
- Relocating schools
- Changing grade spans at schools
- Renewing contracts or charters for schools run by external operators
- Amending the 21st Century Schools Buildings Program
- Closing schools
On November 12, the Board of School Commissioners received Building a Portfolio of Schools, 2019-20 Review and Recommendations, detailing the district's portfolio review process and the recommendations arising from this year's review.
The Board is providing two opportunities for the public to give comments on all recommendations in the report of this year’s review of schools and programs. Both opportunities will take place at the district office (200 E. North Avenue).
The opportunity for oral testimony will be closed after completion of the December 17 special session. The Board will also accept written comment or data until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2020. Written comment must include full identification of the sender and should be directed to the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners, 200 E. North Ave., Room 406, Baltimore, Maryland 21202, or sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board will vote on this recommendation at a meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
A summary of the Board's decisions appears below. (mobile/PDF version)
|School / Building||Program Recommendation||Building Recommendation||Board Vote|
|Closures and Non-Renewals|
|George W. F. McMechen High School||Close in June 2021||Retain building||Approved|
|NACA II Freedom and Democracy Academy / Professional Development Center
Renewal Report / Recommendation Report
|Close program and non-renew contract||Retain building||Approved|
|Sarah M. Roach Elementary School||Close program in June 2020||Surplus building||Approved|
|Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys/ Professional Development Center (temporary location)||3-year renewal with conditions||No new recommendation||Approved|
|Bard Early College High School/ Lemmel Building||Pending||No new recommendation||Vote delayed until 2/25 Board meeting|
|City Neighbors High School||5-year renewal||No new recommendation (building not owned by City Schools)||Approved|
|Govans Elementary School||5-year renewal||No new recommendation||Approved|
|Lillie May Carroll Jackson School||3-year renewal||No new recommendation (building not owned by City Schools)||Approved|
|The REACH! Partnership School/ Lake Clifton Park Building||3-year renewal||No new recommendation||Approved|
|Tunbridge Public Charter School||5-year renewal||No new recommendation||Approved|
|Wolfe Street Academy||8-year renewal||No new recommendation||Approved|
|21st Century Building Plan Amendments|
|Southeast Building||n/a||change surplus date from 2020 to 2024||Approved|
|Claremont Building||n/a||remove from surplus list||Approved|
|Grove Park||n/a||Add to surplus list and surplus in 2020||Approved|
City Schools has land parcels within its control. Historically, the transfer of land parcels back to the City of Baltimore has been handled through an administrative process. Moving forward, the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners will make decisions about whether to initiate the transfer of land parcels at a public meeting to allow for transparency and provide the public with an opportunity to offer feedback. The Board voted on January 14, 2020, to approve the recommendation to transfer the following 13 parcels of land back to the City of Baltimore. The transfer process will be initiated in Spring 2020.
WS N. PAYSON ST
NWC PRESSTMAN ST
WS N PAYSTON ST 30-7 RESS FT W OF PR
ES 10 FT ALLEY 1ST
W OF PAYSTON ST 85 FT W
|0077||065||933 N. WOODYEAR ST 10-8X57-3|
WS DURHAM ST 60 FT SOUTH OF FLEET ST
NS 10 FT ALLEY 1ST
N OF WINCHESTER ST 1
ES CLYDESDALE AVE
SWC ROSEMARY AVE
ES 20 FT ALLEY
1ST W LOCH RAVEN RD
ES PIONEER DRIVE
NEC WESTFIELD AVE
NWS NEWHOLME AVE 415 FT
SW ONNEN RD
NS CHURCH ST
NEC W. BAY AVE
NS SEAMON AV 585 FT
N OF CHERRY HILL
|7471||023||2400 HARMON AVE
What factors are considered when making recommendations about schools or programs?
For traditional schools, we look at
Charter and contract schools go through a separate review prior to renewal of contracts with their external operators.
What kind of recommendations are made about school buildings?
Recommendations about buildings can include things like moving a school (either temporarily or permanently) or returning an unused building to the City of Baltimore. Factors including whether schools are too crowded, have low enrollment and are under utilized, and building condition are considered. Frequently, these types of recommendations are related to the 21st Century School Buildings Program.
Outside operators receive term-limited charters or contracts to run charter or contract schools, generally for three to five years. As part of the routine management of these schools, an evaluation (called renewal) conducted in the final year of the contract or charter leads to a decision on whether to renew the contract or charter for a subsequent term.
The Charter and Operator-led Schools Advisory Board reviews the following to inform the renewal recommendations it makes to City Schools' CEO:
These materials and the advisory board's recommendation are summarized in a renewal report for each school. (Find reports linked on schools' profile pages.) After review by the CEO, renewal recommendations are presented to the Board of School Commissioners for further review. According to policy, the Board may then vote for full renewal (another five-year contract term), partial renewal (a three-year period) or not to renew the operator's contract or charter.
The Renewal Stakeholders Working Group (including school operators from a range of school types, City Schools staff, and representatives of the Maryland Charter School Network) met regularly in 2011-12 to advise on development of a fair, transparent, and rigorous evaluation process and rubric to reflect the unique nature and contributions of schools with outside operators. Since that time, district staff confer with key stakeholders following each renewal period to identify areas in which the process could be strengthened while also maintaining a level of predictability for schools up for renewal in the following school year.