Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Showdown at Tilden: Lawsuit seeks to stop MCPS from turning school land into housing

A Bethesda resident is challenging Montgomery County School Superintendent Jerry Weast and the Board of Education, who want to surplus school property so it can be turned into a housing development.

This time, the controversy is not over Seven Locks Elementary School, but the Tilden Middle School. It marks more public resistance to County Executive Doug Duncan's plan to sell off school land so developers can build more housing.

Beatrice Chester filed a class-action lawsuit to stop the school board from enacting Weast's recommendation to take away a 1.75 acre site along Old Georgetown Road adjacent to the Tilden school, the Gazette reports.