DHS Parents say proposed renovations won't work

Posted at 6:17 PM, Mar 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-03 07:00:44-05

They cannot afford a band-aid and want it done right the first time. That is the message from a group of Dulaney High School parents who say they are fed up with talks of renovating the aging building.

"As a community what we're looking for is a comprehensive solution and what we think economically makes the most sense is a new school," Yara Cheikh, mother of four and League of Women Voters Education Committee member, said.

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Cheikh and Jennifer Tarr, a mother to a DHS sophomore, have been working for about a year and half to bring attention to the list of problems they say the building poses.

"It's endless and it's because it has been neglected. Had this building been renovated on a regular basis, we wouldn't be where we are now," Tarr told ABC2.

ABC2 has visited the school a few times before. The last time was in September along with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford.

During his tour he said he could tell the  building had not been maintained well over the years.

See also: Lt. Gov. tours Dulaney High School as parents call for renovations

There is a 124 page feasibility study on the Baltimore county public school website The study goes over all the problems and the costs associated with fixing those problems at DHS.

Baltimore County Public Schools released a statement Wednesday that reads:

"We appreciate the Dulaney High School community's engagement. We recognize the condition of Dulaney and look forward to discussing the upcoming renovation of the school.  We posted feasibility studies for Dulaney and three other schools on our website and look forward to answering questions and getting input from the school community."

The school system is hosting meetings about DHS and three other schools and said leaders are looking forward to getting feedback.

For Cheikh and Tarr, there is one message that will not change.

"Our county has an aging infrastructure. The life expectancy of a school is 60 years. And Dulaney is approaching that 60 year mark," Cheikh said.

"We hope that the county executive and the Baltimore County school system is going to work with us and start plans for a new school. Get away from this renovation idea that's incredibly dangerous and work together. This does not have to be a fight. We can work together to get this done," Tarr added.

The meeting will be held at DHS Thursday March 3, 2016 at 7 p.m.

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