July 30, 2015

CBS Baltimore: Md. Senator Demanding Answers After Dire Conditions Found Inside City School

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Peeling paint, live wires and mold–all found inside a Baltimore City school. Now a state senator is demanding answers from the school system about what he calls an emergency situation.

Meghan McCorkell has the disturbing images from inside the building.

The senator says even though school doesn’t start until August 31, someone has dropped the ball on giving students what was promised.

Live wires sticking out of a wall, mold growing on the ceiling, carpets filthy dirty inside classrooms.

“Parents are upset, community members are upset,” said Senator Bill Ferguson, (D) Baltimore City.

Those are the dire conditions state senator Bill Ferguson, a former city school teacher, found when he went to check on New Era Academy in Cherry Hill last week.

The school is set to merge with Maritime Industries Academy High School, creating a “world class career and college academy.”

“What was promised there was a model institution for the city of Baltimore. What I saw was a disgrace,” Senator Ferguson said.

Even with a month left until school starts, Ferguson says some issues won’t be fixed in time.

Originally posted on CBS Baltimore, available online here.