• Petitioned Governor Martin O'Malley,John Leopold,Kevin Maxwell,Patricia Nalley

This petition was delivered to:

Governor Martin O'Malley,John Leopold,Kevin Maxwell,Patricia Nalley

A Feasibility Study in 2013 & Funding for EES New School Construction

    1. Gary Fritter
    2. Petition by

      Gary Fritter

      Edgewater, MD

OUR PETITION:
To:

The Honorable Martin O'Malley, Maryland Governor - Web Address (http://www.governor.maryland.gov/mail/)

The Honorable John Robinson Leopold, Anne Arundel County Executive - Jleopold@aacounty.org

The Honorable John J. Grasso Councilman, Second District – John.grasso@aacounty.org;

The Honorable Derek Fink, Chairman, Councilman, Third District – Dfink@aacounty.org

The Honorable James Benoit, Councilman, Fourth District – James.Benoit@aacounty.org

The Honorable Dick Ladd, Councilman, Fifth District – Dladd@aacounty.org

The Honorable Chris Trumbauer – Ctrumbauer@aacounty.org

The Honorable Jerry Walker, Vice Chairman – Jerry.walker@aacounty.org

The Honorable Michael Bush, Speaker of House of Delegates - michael.busch@house.state.md.us

The Honorable Ron George - ron.george@house.state.md.us

The Honorable Robert A. Costa - mailto:bob.costa@house.state.md.us

AACO Superintendent of Schools, Kevin M. Maxwell, Ph.D. – superintendent@aacps.org

AACPS President, Patricia Nalley – Patricia.Nalley@aacps.org

AACPS Vice President, Andrew Pruski - Andrew.Pruski@aacps.org

AACPS Board Member, Teresa M. Birge - Teresa.Birge@aacps.org

AACPS Board Member, Amalie Brandenburg - amalie.brandenburg@aacps.org

AACPS Board Member, Kevin L. Jackson - Kevin.Jackson@aacps.org

AACPS Board Member, Eugene Peterson - Eugene.Peterson@aacps.org

AACPS Board Member, Deborah T. Ritchie - Deborah.Ritchie@aacps.org

AACPS Board Member, Jillian P. Buck - Jillian.Buck@aacps.org

AACPS Board Member, Solon K. Webb - Solon.Webb@aacps.org

Our Requests:

1. We respectfully request that a complete and formal response to this petition be emailed to those who have signed in support of this petition.

2. We respectfully request that the response include the appropriate amount of detail needed to understand how the concerns of this petition will be addressed and resolved.

3. We respectfully request that a Feasibility Study for Edgewater Elementary School be planned, fully budgeted and conducted in 2013.

4. We respectfully request that funds are allocated to Edgewater Elementary School as part of Governor Martin O'Malley’s plan (announced on January 10, 2012) for new school construction; with said funding immediately available for construction plans following the completion of the Feasibility Study.

Details:

Our children are getting sick. The teachers and staff, that love and educate our children, are getting sick. The long term exposure, under these conditions; are hazards to the children’s developing bodies. Daily exposure causes headaches, asthma attacks, respiratory infections and more. Edgewater Elementary School (EES) is 59 years old. It is the oldest school in Anne Arundel County (AACO) to never have undergone a major renovation. In 2005, a MGT Study was conducted and rated EES as the school with the second worse building conditions of all schools in AACO. The only school rated worse was Belle Grove Elementary and they now occupy a brand new school. The budget proposed for 2013 does not have EES slated for a Feasibility Study. A Feasibility Study is slated for 2016, which means construction wouldn’t begin until 2019. The physical and environmental systems at EES are horrendous!

- Mold is visible on the walls and vents.
- Leaking steam pipes are potential hazards for burns.
- Ceiling tiles are buckling - which are used for asbestos abatement.
- Pervasive musty smells and strange smelling steam steadily escaping from heating units.
- Many classrooms have windows that won’t open because they are painted shut.
- Even if the windows could open they can’t be because of multiple layers of peeling lead paint.
- There are window air conditioning units that can't be used because they are so loud they obstruct learning. They are used at night to prepare the room as best possible by morning.
- Air quality studies, conducted by the county, show elevated levels of CO2, high humidity levels and elevated levels of large particulates.
-Preliminary findings by an independent consultant hired by the county has found mold and leaking steam pipes in the crawl space as well as an ineffective HVAC system in each classroom resulting in our unhealthy environment.
- This year multiple families have withdrawn their children from the school because of continued respiratory infections and asthma while in school.
- Dozens of teachers and students are also experiencing new onset asthma or the worsening of existing asthma, multiple sinus infections, headaches, bloody noses and rashes.
- Many more parents are considering removing their children from school and parents of prospective students are looking at other school alternatives.
- Our school is at 120% capacity, 20% of which are Hispanic.
- The community is growing rapidly and many schools in the South River Feeder System, including Central Elementary, are way over capacity.
- Our children's health and safety are at risk. The horrible building conditions are interfering with their ability to learn!
- Our children cannot afford to wait until 2016 and beyond for a new school! Their futures depend on it!

NEWS ARTICLES:

http://edgewater.patch.com/articles/live-dozens-gather-to-voice-concern-at-school-budget-hearing

http://www.hometownannapolis.com/news/top/2012/01/17-19/Whats-in-the-air-at-Edgewater-school.html

http://www.hometownannapolis.com/news/TOP/2012/01/19-56/Outside-consultant-to-monitor-air-quality-at-Edgewater-school.html

http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/01/edgewater-elementary-school-may-be-source-of-health-problems-for-kids-71573.html

http://edgewater.patch.com/articles/board-education-president-nalley-some-edgewater-elementary-concerns-are-hearsay

http://edgewater.patch.com/articles/specialist-to-report-preliminary-findings-at-edgewater-elementary

http://edgewater.patch.com/articles/air-quality-specialist-returns-to-edgewater-elementary

http://edgewater.patch.com/articles/specialist-reveals-finding-mold-growth-dampness-at-school

http://edgewater.patch.com/articles/parents-fill-cafeteria-to-hear-air-quality-specialist

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-ar-edgewater-school-meeting-20120131,0,2007487.story

http://edgewater.patch.com/articles/photos-edgewater-elementary-parent-shares-pictures-from-visit#photo-9017140

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-02-02/news/bs-md-ar-edgewater-folo-20120202_1_edgewater-elementary-parents-mold-growth-mold-exposure

http://www.wbaltv.com/health/30347602/detail.html

http://edgewater.patch.com/articles/homeowners-worried-edgewater-elementary-will-hurt-housing-market

http://www.hometownannapolis.com/news/top/2012/02/09-11/Bates-gets-1M-grant-for-gym-theater.html

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. More Support Is Needed / Spread the Word to more Edgewater Parents!!

      Gary Fritter
      Petition Organizer

      As many of you are aware, the School Board did not alter the budget. There are about 488 students at Edgewater Elementary School. We should have 488 signatures from the parents. Please, talk to the parnets you know - get them to sign if they have not already signed. Talk to parents that you don't know, ask them if they are aware of our petition and ask them to sign it. If anyone is having trouble signing the petition, please give them my email address and I will help them, gfritterjr@hotmail.com.

    3. The Edgewater - Davidsonville Patch posted the Top Story of the Day

      Gary Fritter
      Petition Organizer

      The parents voices have been heard, they will get louder..now our children will speak up.

    4. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Brenda Fuentes EDGEWATER, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      My grandson is currently in Kindergarten at this school and the rest of my grandchildren will be going to this school unless our families move or enroll the children in private school at a cost that none of us can afford.

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    • Laureen Bush EDGEWATER, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      It is obvious Edgewater Elementary is in dire need of renovations; as soon as you walk into the school you can smell how musty it is and that is only one of many issues that need to be corrected. The staff at this school is amazing and have helped to create an atmosphere where our children thrive because of their dedication, hard work and caring. I can only wonder how much more our kids would flourish if these issues were to be eradicated.

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    • Charella Marx EDGEWATER, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      Ifear for my grandson's health.

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    • David Horan EDGEWATER, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      My children have been attending EES for the past 7 years. My wife and I have documented many times students and educators have been sick; some progressively worse over the years. For such an excellent school, EES is an eyesore for the county and the public officials elected to provide for their constituency.

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    • Cassie Walter ANNAPOLIS, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      I was thinking about purchasing a home in this school district but now - that's no longer an option.

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