Five Baltimore City Schools Could Be Closed at the End of the Year

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Baltimore City schools CEO Gregory Thornton

Baltimore City Schools CEO Gregory Thornton is recommending that five schools should close at the end of the school year, including a school in the Penn-North neighborhood.

The schools include Westside Elementary School, Baltimore Community High School and Maritime Industries Academy, Roots and Branches, and the Maryland Academy of Technology and Health Sciences.

Westside Elementary is located in Penn-North, which came to national attention following Freddie Gray’s death and the unrest that followed. Del. Antonio Hayes said it is one of only two institutions in the West Baltimore neighborhood. He told the school board that the other is a “very thriving drug treatment center,” according to WBAL-TV.

A public hearing is set for the coming weeks on the school closure plan, while the school board vote is scheduled for January.

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