Building and Strengthening Neighborhoods and People

Coming Up: A New Waverly Middle School

By Karen DeCamp, Assistant Director of Public Education, Advocacy, and Outreach, GHCC

Waverly student Zahaire Calloway at a January 2008 school clean-up

Bebe Verdery of the ACLU of Maryland blogged on the Open Society Institute’s Audacious Ideas blog about her dream of rebuilding Baltimore’s aging schools into new green schools, full of natural light to inspire and nurture children. Well – that dream is becoming a reality at Waverly Elementary/Middle School, where architects have been hired to design the new $22 million middle school wing and elementary renovations. State funding for this was won by a persistent, committed group of stakeholders and assisted by GHCC. This new building will replace the woefully inadequate Venable middle school building.

The architects, D.C.-area firm Grimm + Parker, have met with a group from the community and are planning a larger public meeting in January to collect community input. Their plan is to build Waverly’s addition at LEED Silver status, a green building designation that means the design will incorporate environmentally friendly features. Stay tuned to future posts and look for community notices of the January public meeting, so you can be heard on what kind of school Waverly should be.