Comptroller Peter Franchot took a trip to Baltimore County Thursday, he spoke at the Catonsville Chamber luncheon and visited Lansdowne High School.
The high school has been described as structurally deficient and an unsafe learning environment for the students and faculty. In 2013, the Systemwide Physical Facilities Assessment gave the high school a building condition score of 1.74 out of 5 possible points. The school’s rating is the lowest rating among all 24 high schools in the county.
Franchot toured the school to see its conditions in person Thursday. He sits on the board of Public Works which approves public school construction projects.
The county is requesting more than $23 million in state funding to renovate the school. The total estimated cost of the project is around $60 million.
"You'd be arrested if you put your pet in these conditions. Here we are in 2017 in the richest state in the richest country in the history of the world with these kinds of deplorable conditions that for some reason have been allowed to occur. Whoever was doing the maintenance failed their job," said Franchot.
Instead of repairs to the school, some community members want a brand-new school to be built to replace Lansdowne High.