Ribbon-Cutting Celebration for Cross Country Elementary/Middle School

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21ST CENTURY SCHOOL BUILDINGS PROGRAM MEDIA ADVISORY

Ribbon-Cutting Celebration for Cross Country Elementary/Middle School

Modernized school set to open in Baltimore

 

WHO:                   Brandon M. Scott, Mayor, Baltimore City; Nick J. Mosby, President, Baltimore City Council; Samuel I. (Sandy) Rosenberg, State Delegate, District 41; Ronald S. McFadden, Board Chair, Baltimore City Schools Board of Commissioners; Alex Donahue, Executive Director, Interagency Commission on School Construction; Craig Thompson, Chairman, Maryland Stadium Authority; Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises, CEO, Baltimore City Public Schools; LaShella Stanfield, Principal, Cross Country Elementary/Middle School; Baltimore City Public Schools students

WHAT:                 Official ribbon-cutting for Cross Country Elementary/Middle School

WHEN:                 Cross Country Elementary/Middle School Wednesday, December 13, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

WHERE:               The Ribbon Cutting will be held at Cross Country Elementary/Middle School, 6100 Cross Country Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21215.

Background:

Construction for Cross Country Elementary/Middle School began in November 2021. The building was designed with an emphasis on providing natural light and community space. The new building includes a shared community space with a separate entrance, family resource space, and a large community room. In addition, the outdoor classroom space, and multiple collaborative learning areas, provide flexible learning spaces for students and staff. Designed to maximize daylight into instructional areas and provide clear sightlines of adjacent spaces, a view of three new playgrounds and a multisport court for both elementary and middle school grades can be seen from all levels. This January, PK-8th grade students will be welcomed into their new building with all new technology, cabinetry, and furniture, as well as specialized classroom spaces for science, music, art, and media.

Project Type: Replacement

Cross Country Elementary Middle/School is Wi-Fi enabled, expected to receive LEED Silver certification, and includes the following environmental, technological and learning features.

  • The building is designed to maximize daylight into instructional areas.
  • All light fixtures are LED throughout the building.
  • The building has low flow toilet fixtures in restrooms and sinks throughout the building to achieve water savings.
  • State of the art, high-efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems have been installed.
  • All classrooms are equipped with several technology features including:
    • Interactive Visual Displays – These displays have an input station located beside the teacher’s desk that allows for various inputs including computer, HDMI capabilities, USB devices, etc.
    • Sound Enhancement System – The system includes a wearable microphone for instructors and a handheld microphone for students and guests. This system also can be integrated with hearing-impaired devices.

21st Century School Buildings Program Background

The 21st Century School Buildings Program creates inspiring educational environments for Baltimore City’s public school students and recreational facilities for communities for generations to come. The program is a partnership between the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA), Baltimore City Public Schools, the City of Baltimore, and the Interagency Commission on Public School Construction (IAC). In addition to Cross Country Elementary/Middle School, 26 other school buildings have been renovated, expanded and/or replaced in recent years: Highlandtown Elementary/Middle School #237, Montebello Elementary/Middle School, Fort Worthington Elementary/Middle School, Frederick Elementary School, Wildwood Elementary/Middle School, Dorothy I. Height Elementary School, Arundel Elementary, Arlington Elementary School, The Historic Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle School, Forest Park High School, Pimlico Elementary/Middle School, the Academy for College and Career Exploration and Independence School (in the Robert Poole Building), the Lake Clifton Park Building, John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School, Calvin M. Rodwell Elementary/Middle School, and Bay-Brook Elementary/Middle School, Mary E. Rodman Elementary School, Walter P. Carter Elementary/Middle School, Lois T. Murray Elementary/Middle School (in the Walter P. Carter Building), Medfield Heights Elementary School, Billie Holiday Elementary School, Katherine Johnson Global Academy, Robert W. Coleman Elementary School, Govans Elementary School, Patterson High School, Claremont Middle/High School (in the Patterson Building), and Northwood Elementary School.

For more information, visit www.baltimore21stcenturyschools.org

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