JEH School Design

Renovation of John Eager Howard School to start soon

21st Century Schools is expecting renovation of the John Eager Howard School building to begin on or around Monday, 1 August 2016. Initial work will likely be internal and not noticeable by neighbors. However, external work will follow shortly.

The construction plan can  be viewed here.    The plan includes important information regarding steps to address potential community impacts, such as rodents, and how traffic, parking, and trucks in the community will be managed.

21st Century Schools provided the following construction summary notes: 
• Construction works hours will be Monday - Friday, 7:00am-5:00PM. 
• Every precaution will be taken to hose down the site to minimize dust impacting the neighboring residence
• Parking for construction workers is still being worked out with the developer for the Madison North Apartments, pending lawsuit is holding progress on these conversation up
• Monthly construction update meetings will be held in coordination with the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council at Reservoir Hill Community Meetings.

Maryland Stadium Authority Project Manager Tom Henderson can be contacted if there are any concerns during construction of John Eager Howard:  thenderson@mdstad.com or (240) 876-1255.  Nicole Price with 21st Century Schools can also be contacted if Mr. Henderson is unavailable: nprice@bcps.k12md.us or (410) 350.1023.

RHIC will be monitoring the construction process.  For any questions or concerns, please contact Eli Lopatin at (410) 225-7547,elopatin@reservoirhill.net.

Construction Plan for John Eager Howard School Released

At the 3 May Reservoir Hill Community Meeting, 21st Century Schools program of Baltimore City Public School System and the contractor, J. Vinton Schafer and Sons, presented the construction plan for the John Eager Howard School.  The plan includes important information regarding steps to address potential community impacts, such as rodents, and how traffic, parking, and trucks in the community will be managed.  You can view the plan as presented by clicking the link under the image below, or here.  For questions regarding the initiative and how RHIC will be monitoring the construction process, contact Eli Lopatin at (410) 225-7547, elopatin@reservoirhill.net.

 

Redevelopment of JEH School starts this summer - Join us at the 3 May Community Meeting to learn more

It's exciting!  We are coming closer to a having a stellar neighborhood school building in Reservoir Hill.  This is the largest single development in Reservoir Hill in decades, and hundreds of people have participated in the planning and design.  

Parents and other community members discussing the design for the redeveloped John Eager Howard School

Parents and other community members discussing the design for the redeveloped John Eager Howard School

John Eager Howard School and John Eager Howard Recreation Center will transfer to Westside School by the end of June 2016 and redevelopment of the building will begin.

You can view the existing plans by clicking here.  And join us for the:

Reservoir HIll Community Meeting
Tuesday, 3 May - Doors open at 6:30 pm
John Eager Howard Recreation Center, 2100 Brookfield

Baltimore City Public School System personnel and the contractor, J. Vinton Schafer and Sons, will be present at our May Community Meeting to discuss how construction will be managed to mitigate impacts on the community. They will review the construction site layout, their rodent plan, how they will deal with hazardous materials, and how traffic and trucks in the community will be managed. They will also go over a public communication plan that will be used during construction, and where residents should go with problems and concerns.

For background information on the initiative in Reservoir Hill go to: 21st Century Buildings.

To see the full meeting agenda for 3 May, click here.

Light refreshments will be served courtesy of John Eager Howard Recreation Center

Final Design Review for JEH & Relocation Discussion - 17 March

The final design review for the new John Eager Howard School is coming up on the 17th of March. The session will include a discussion about the relocation of John Eager Howard students to Westside School during construction.

The session will be held at Westside School, 2235 North Fulton Avenue starting at 4:30 pm.  All are welcome.

Click below for full information:

Come to the Baltimore Education Coalition 2016 Legislative Preview

This is an important gathering for anyone interested in Baltimore City schools and providing students a 21st century education. JOIN BEC FEBRUARY 2, 5:30pm @ Waverly ES for dinner and a look at what's in store for CITY STUDENTS AND SCHOOLS in Annapolis this year.

WE MUST ACT!

City education funding was CUT LAST YEAR. We need to fight for every bit of funding due to our children. We will also discuss opportunities to fund full day PreK and Community Schools!!!

FREE but you MUST RSVP. To RSVP Click Here.  HOPE TO SEE YOU!


4,000 Postcards Delivered to Governor Hogan - Now you're on: Call the Governor

Last night, a Baltimore Education Coalition (BEC) group of members, parents, students, and teachers from around Baltimore City, including 40th district residents, traveled to Annapolis to deliver a message to Governor Larry Hogan, a message that we will not accept any cuts to our children's education.  Together, we delivered 4,000 postcards, making that message clear.  Thank you to all who came!

Special thanks to RHIC's home District 40 advocates.  Out of the total number of postcards delivered, nearly 1,000 came from the 40th district, so each of you that contributed very significant;y to the effort!

Members of the Baltimore City Delegation who met with us were unanimously in support of our efforts to restore the $35.5 million in proposed cuts, but each expressed that the effort will not be successful without our help.  There is still work to be done.

First, we need each of you to
make your voice heard loud and clear with a simple message:

Do not balance the budget on the backs of our students. Hold harmless Baltimore's school children.

Restore the full $35 million in cuts, regardless of the cause.

 Please see the below ACTION ALERT from BEC with directions on how you can make your voice heard by calling the Governor and sharing via social media!


Further actions will be coming.  Please continue to help us in making our voices heard!  Baltimore City's children need all of the resources they can get to help them overcome many of the hurdles they face.  Together we can make sure that they are not punished by the governor!

 

Our Kids Need You in Annapolis Tonight- There is still room on the buses!

Friends & Neighbors,

As you know, Reservoir Hill Improvement Council has been highly active in Baltimore Education Coalition (BEC) because we strongly believe that building stellar schools is crucial to building healthy neighborhoods.  Our own neighborhood school, John Eager Howard, is in Year One of the 21st Century Schools construction plan. However, we have a long way to go to ensure that every child in our community and in the city has an opportunity for a stellar education.

Governor Hogan is proposing large cuts to the state budget to close a budget gap. If the current proposed budget were to pass, Baltimore City schools would receive $35.5 million less next year than the current year.

With $35.5 million less this year, City Schools will have to find savings – many of the cuts could come from our classrooms.  This could mean:

  • Loss of more than 400 teachers or 700 support staff across the system
  • 2-4 teachers/school staff from every elementary or K-8 school
  • 3-6 teachers/school staff from every high school and/or significant cuts to after school programming

Principals are already preparing to submit budgets that eliminate art, music, guidance counselors, field trips and other programs essential to a good school.

We ask for your support – this fight will take all of us

 Join us in Annapolis tonight – There is still room on the buses!

The Baltimore Education Coalition has been busy fighting the proposed cuts to Baltimore's schools and we will be in Annapolis again tonight.  One of the buses will leave from John Eager Howard School, 2011 Linden Avenue in Reservoir Hill at 4:30 pm, and return to the school at 9:00 pm.

Dinner will be provided.

RSVP by calling the RHIC office at 410.225.7547 or emailing Eli Lopatin at elopatin@reservoirhill.net

We Need You to CALL THE GOVERNOR to Protest Cuts to Public Schools

The Baltimore Education Coalition has been busy fighting the proposed cuts to Baltimore's schools.

  • Over 350 Baltimoreans attended the BEC Legislative Preview and pledged to call, tweet, collect postcards and come to Annapolis.
  • BEC presented to the Baltimore House delegation last Friday to share key information and keep the issue of reversing school funding cuts front and center.
  • BEC has been present in Annapolis every Monday night with dozens of activists visibly active as a voice for Baltimore's school children, meeting with elected officials. 
  • 120 more activists will flood Annapolis March 9 to educate legislators, deliver postcards to the Governor's office and conduct a press conference.

Budget hearings have begun in Annapolis and the debate continues. Amid the noise, it is clear that the education cuts fall disproportionately on Baltimore with $35 million in cuts. The average school will be forced to eliminate 2-4 teachers. Principals are already preparing to submit budgets that eliminate art, music, guidance counselors, field trips and other programs essential to a good school.

 We need you to make your voice heard loud and clear
with a simple message:

Do not balance the budget on the backs of our students. Hold harmless Baltimore's school children.

Restore the full $35 million in cuts, regardless of the cause.

 Please see the below ACTION ALERT from BEC with directions on how you can make your voice heard by calling the Governor and sharing via social media!