Trailers Being Removed

At long last, the old trailers—they eyesore of campus—are finally being removed.

“The trailers have always been necessary until we got the addition of the new science rooms. As everything shakes out we have about six additional classrooms, so we don’t need them anymore,” Mr. Jira said. “During construction when rooms were being done we put teachers out there. At one point we had as many as 11 trailers there.”

The trailers have been hosted many classes over the years. Some teachers spent years working in them.

“My favorite part [of teaching in a trailer] was I [could] manage the heat, I [could] manage the air conditioning, and I didn’t have to worry about waiting until the whole school temperature change,” Spanish teacher Angelica Anshel said. “I had control over the entire trailer and, to be honest, that’s the best part.”

“When [the trailers] were in the back, where the new science building is, you can’t see it now, but just in between classes you could walk out and look at the state park, it was beautiful, just beautiful,” said Social Studies teacher Robert Comber.

While the trailers offered some benefits, teaching and learning in them had some negative aspects.

“My least favorite part was I didn’t have a bathroom close by, so I had to wait until lunch time or even Enrichment time to go to the bathroom,” said Anshel.

“[The trailers] have to go; it’s better to be a part of the school,” Comber said. “Infected with mice and urine and feces, they smell, and they’re kinda dirty so it’s probably a good thing that they’re gone.”

According to Jira, the first trailer, closest to the water tower, is rented by Baltimore County Public Schools, and has been taken back to the rental area..

The second two were in such bad condition, they were destroyed on site.

The fifth one is going to have to stay until July.

Finally, the sixth and seventh were removed Oct. 27. They were disassemble, placed on flat beds and shipped out.

During the process, a contractor explained the steps:

“What were about to do right now is set up the riggings so they can lift it, they’ve already removed the skirting from the bottom, the joining pieces inside and out have already been removed and what we’re doing shortly is swinging the crane over and dropping cables in between the two halves and crossing it over to the other side of the half there going to lift. Next thing you know that thing will be up in the air. It could take about an hour, hour and a half depends on what kind of situations we come across as far as lifting it and putting it on a truck it will be very rapid really.”

“It doesn’t really affect me that much now that the trailers are being removed. I mean I’m in the building the whole time so I don’t really care,” Cole Quattrocche (’16) said.

“I don’t care [about the trailers being removed], Luke Franz (’17) said. “I mean it might make the school a little nicer.”

In place of the trailers, 18 or 19 trees will be planted as part of the landscape renovation.