My name is Teddy Springer. I am here once again to talk to you about the building of a middle school at Rock Creek Hills Park, to ask you to put a placeholder in the Capital Improvement Program and to explore the alternative sites for a middle school in our cluster.
Last night, Dr. Starr, had you been able to hold your “Listen and Learn” event at B-CC, I hope you would have listened to our community and learned that to achieve a quality middle school, we have to start with a quality site. Rock Creek Hills Park is an A+ park, one used by many people from all over our county and beyond. But it is not a good site for a middle school.
Since beginning your stewardship of our children and our schools, Dr. Starr, I hope you have taken the opportunity to learn these specifics about the park:
- Though it was once the home of Kensington Junior High, the site is no longer the same because of the senior community that sits where the school once did.
- It does not provide the necessary space for a middle school on par with Westland.
- The topography poses a huge challenge to building on this site.
- The neighboring streets are too narrow, and without sidewalks, to provide proper and safe access to a middle school complex.
- The many valuable specimen trees and a watershed stream make this site environmentally significant.
So please, Dr. Starr, let’s achieve “Starr” quality in our new middle school. Please put a placeholder in the CIP and advise the Board to continue the search for a middle school site, one that is an A+ site, not one that gets a failing grade. We recognize the enormity of your task, Dr. Starr, and the myriad of issues before you, but please honor the numerous requests my neighbors and I have made to meet with you. We want to work together to ensure our cluster continues to provide a gold “Starr” education for our children.