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Homestead/Wakefield Community Rebuild Meeting APRIL 27, 2022
Homestead/Wakefield Elementary School Community Rebuild Meeting
Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
Wakefield gymnasium
 
The Homestead/Wakefield Elementary School community has been eagerly awaiting and advocating for a new building for several years. There are many steps and approving entities when the school system begins any construction project.  Meetings have been occurring for months and the project is under way. 
 
During this process, the Town of Bel Air Planning Commission noted a stipulation for the building replacement project at Homestead/Wakefield Elementary School.  They want HCPS to surplus campus property to connect east and west MacPhail Road.  The town is making this transfer of property a condition for permits and a final Use and Occupancy of the new building.
 
When the HCPS planning and construction team became aware of this demand, they proactively engaged in follow up correspondence, discussions, and meetings to build understanding and consensus.  Their goal has been to develop a plan that would address the needs of the town and not adversely impact the project schedule, budget, and safety.
 
At this time, an agreement has not been reached. Superintendent Bulson, the Board of Education, and HCPS staff are dedicated to seeing Homestead/Wakefield Elementary School open a new building as planned and will continue to hold conversations with the Town of Bel Air.  However, the Town of Bel Air’s surplus demand may delay us opening the new building to students and staff as planned for the fall of 2024.  Minutes and agendas for the Town of Bel Air may be accessed on their website. You can watch the April 25, 2022 Board Business meeting to hear the latest Board of Education discussion and vote.
 
If you would like additional information on how you can become involved, please visit the PTA website.  You are also encouraged to join Principal Cook and HCPS personnel for a Community Rebuild Meeting this Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. in the Wakefield gymnasium where staff will share the current plans for the new building, the timeline, and answer your questions.