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Havre de Grace High School Parents Seek a Safe and Secure Learning Enviroment

Parents cite security issues as a prime reason why a new school is due in Havre de Grace.

City Councilman  said security issues at are "complicated."

Glenn, who played an instrumental role in the renovations in the 1990s, wants it to be Havre de Grace High School's turn, since it is the oldest standing high school in Harford County.

"The main entrance is geographically separated from the main office. The Havre de Grace campus is split in two by Congress Avenue. The gymnasium and music department is on the opposite side of the street. It's always unlocked, allowing anyone to enter the building," Glenn said. "Years ago, when society seemed to be much simpler, this was an adequate arrangement. However, given the current problems both nationally and internationally and events that have occurred in Columbine, Aurora, and Virginia Tech, we can no longer afford to take that risk." 

Glenn reminded  members during  of the significant upgrades to North Harford, Edgewood, Aberdeen and Bel Air high schools—all while the Havre de Grace community waited patiently for what upgrades they would receive. 

» Read more about the push for a new Havre de Grace High School.

PTSA President Debbie Frick, who also has a daughter attending the high school this year, was concerned over students crossing Juniata Street and Congress Avenue. 

Frick discussed Congress Avenue, which runs between the two-building campus, and how students forget that the street reopens at 2:15 p.m.

"Traffic can go by, kids are still walking across to get to the other building. There has been some near misses because the kids have been forgetting it has been closed all day and now the street is reopened," Frick said.

Frick also worries about speeding cars and emergency vehicles that tend to speed down Juniata, when physical education, band, and environmental science classes are crossing the road to head to the stadium or .

"The Board of Education's goal is to plan a safe, secure, and healthy learning environment that is conducive to effective teaching and learning," Glenn said.

The proposed will be voted on at the Board of Education meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 24.

Hollee Sifford August 25, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I totally support the idea of a new school...however,as far as the crossing over to the other building..gym and music....Although "THE CHAINS" are not full proof they r visible and yes they give a sense of security during school hours but at the days end the street has to b re-opened for local traffic....I might suggest the local police dept pay attention to the traffic and its speed "after hours" also as with the crossing to harris field the city did install a pedestrian crossing indicator on Congress ave.I also think that with every new year comes new students and maybe staff/SRO could announce during morning announcements every day to please b safe b4 and after school....so that false sense of security does not cause a severe accidnt or injury.For right now we have to work with what we have a be safe and aware:)
Fred Cullum August 25, 2012 at 11:44 PM
They also need to remind the students of the importance in crossing at the designated crosswalks.
Christopher Kidwell August 27, 2012 at 03:45 AM
What importance? You can get hit just as well in a crosswalk as not. Better thing to do is tell drivers to stay alert and look for people who might cross the street outside of the crosswalks. Everyone does it so at this point, it might be time to get rid of the jaywalking laws and say "Pedestrians can cross the street anywhere but crosswalks are preferred."
Andrew September 01, 2012 at 02:01 AM
We moved into Bulle Rock 5 years ago. We now have roughly 900 homes sold in the community which are all paying high taxes and are part of the city of Havre De Grace. We also pay dues for private streets, our own snow removal, trash removal, lawn service etc and we pay for our own lighting. That said we pay a lot and take very little back for what we contribute in taxes. The population is growing quickly with the build out of APG and there are still another 1000+ homes to sell in our community alone. The school is outdated and I feel that if the school is improved that it may encourage more families with chilldren to move to Havre De Grace.

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