Impact of school closures on Baltimore communities
“I am recommending that the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners consider closing Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School in June 2022, at the end of the current school year, and rezoning students to either The Historic Samuel Coleridge Taylor Elementary School, Dorothy I. Height Elementary School, or Furman Templeton Preparatory Academy,” Dr. Santelises, CEO of Baltimore City Schools announced early November.
According to school officials, Eutaw Marshburn has had low enrollment for several years and has “serious” structural weaknesses.
“The size of the school population impacts our ability to provide your student(s) with strong academic programming because schools are funded on a per student basis, “ Dr. Santelises stated in an annual review document.
“I am also recommending that the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners consider returning the EutawMarshburn building to the city of Baltimore in summer 2022.”
China Boak Terrell, CEO of American Communities Trust, Inc., a Baltimore-based non profit that focuses on economic development projects and a volunteer at Eutaw Marshburn joins Two Way Talk to express her concerns regarding the possible closure and how it could negatively impact the community.
“Once it goes vacant, that block will probably be vacant for the next decade, because that’s what happens…”
Click the audio to hear from Terrell and community members.