To assess sites for a new middle school, the County Board of Education used three criteria:
Size, road access, and pedestrian safety.
Rock Creek Hills Park fails all three. The County Board chose a site that is deficient in all of its stated criteria. To build a school on this site would be to build a school that, on opening day, would be inadequate.
To assess appeals of local board actions, the State Board of Education uses three criteria:
Following a deeply flawed and secretive process, with no transparency or community involvement, the County Board made an arbitrary and unreasonable resolution to seize a small community park that fails to meet any of its own site standards.
But, we all make mistakes. Now, the County Board should do the right thing, and reopen the B-CC middle school site selection process as soon as possible, before our May 27th deadline for appeal to the State.