It’s Official! Abbottston Elementary School Wins a Well-Deserved Future!

Release Date: March 15, 2015

In a win-win, the new Waverly School avoids overcrowding as it launches its academic middle school.

Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke is delighted to announce that, in his letter of March 13 to Abbottston Principal Cathleen Miles, Baltimore Schools CEO Dr. Gregory E. Thornton has officially confirmed “that the decision has been made to keep Abbottston Elementary open for SY2015-16.” With that official word, Abbottston is free to recruit students for its school for the next school year and Waverly School avoids the overcrowding a zone merger would have caused.

"It’s a win-win," Clarke says. "This official word frees Principal Miles and the community to actively engage in outreach and recruitment to fill our beloved Abbottston with additional children and put fears to rest for our current families and teachers. In addition, it frees-up Waverly to confidently recruit for the academic middle school program promised by the School Board and officially launching in the 2015-16 school year."

Located at 1300 Gorsuch Avenue in the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello (CHM) neighborhood, Abbottston Elementary School serves children from Pre-K through 5th grade who live in both the CHM and Better Waverly neighborhoods. In School Board hearings in December 2014, the school was one of several threatened with closure at the end of this 2014-15 school year.

The proposed school system plan was to zone Abbottston’s students into the newly built Waverly Elementary/Middle School at 3400 Ellerslie Avenue. Waverly and Abbottston school families worked together in protesting this merger which would deprive Abbottston students of their small, nearby and successful school and would overcrowd the new Waverly School just as it officially launches its already evolving academic middle school program.

Click here to read the official letter sent to the Abbottson Principal from Mr. Thornton


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