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Marks, Huff: County Needs More Vo-Tech High Schools

Councilmen Todd Huff and David Marks want more options for Baltimore County students.

Two councilmen are hoping to lead the charge to bring more vo-tech high schools to Baltimore County.

On Wednesday, the school system touted the fact that nearly will be attending college. But Todd Huff (R-District 3) and David Marks (R-District 5) want more options for students for whom college might not be a good fit.

"The ones that we do have are at capacity," said Huff, who does not have a college degree and championed alternative trade education during his "There's definitely a need for tradesmen."

School system spokesman Charles Herndon said the county's vo-tech high schools aren't completely filled but certain programs may be.

Huff, who works in the automative service industry in a family business, said he'd ideally like to see a new vo-tech school in his district, which covers Cockeysville, Lutherville-Timonium and North County, but notes a need for one near Perry Hall as well. 

The majority of the county's vo-tech schools such as Sollers Point High School and Chesapeake High School are located in the eastern part of the county.

Marks, who represents Perry Hall, said a vo-tech school in the area would help alleviate

"For about a dozen years, we wanted a new high school," Marks said. "But that could cost more than $60 million. A vo-tech school is an excellent idea."

Marks said he understands that the school system's budget is tight, but hopes to secure property to build a vo-tech school—possibly in White Marsh and with an environmental theme—in the next few years.

Both councilmen said they want to meet with to explore the issue. Dance said the school system would have to investigate if there is a need for such schools.

"We have to look at labor statistics, where are the new jobs going to be," Dance said.

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Mike Pierce July 28, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Well, then don't, since it is really not a part of this discussion.
Other Tim July 28, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Going off topic seems to be the norm on Perry Hall Patch. That being said, I believe it is on topic. The main argument for in-state tuition is that these illegal aliens deserve the chance to go to college to better their lives. Now people are calling for more vo-tech high schools for legal citizens to better themselves without going to college.
Parkvillehoney July 29, 2012 at 03:27 AM
A few years ago, a lot of my white collar friends lost their jobs to newer computers and outsourcing of their jobs to foreign countries. You can never outsource a plumber, heavy equipment operator or electrician. I think vo tech training, along with academic courses, is great. With the high price and enormous debt of college, Vo Tech schools are the way to go.
Chloe August 07, 2012 at 02:19 PM
How about Baltimore County's west side?
Parkvillehoney August 31, 2012 at 08:42 PM
I think the administrative end of Baltimore County Schools is bloated. Why do we need so many layers of administrators? Put the money into extra teachers or assistant teachers. I hope Superintendent Dance looks over his staff and makes some cuts. It will serve Baltimore County students to have more VoTech schools open.

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