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The Million Dollar Inch: Roland Park Elementary/Middle School's expensive fiasco

The Million Dollar Inch: Roland Park Elementary/Middle School's expensive fiasco

The Roland Park Elementary/Middle School, an elegant, 92-year-old brick building on Roland Avenue, is caged in scaffolding, with tarps covering the first five or eight feet of the roof all around and nets guarding the eaves. There are stacks of buckets running from the roof to the ground to shunt the heavy clay roofing tiles into dumpsters.

On the surface, it seems a good sign of the city's vaunted school rebuilding project, a billion-dollar renovation program that state legislators green-lighted three years ago to bring the city's long-neglected school buildings into the 21st century.

But it's not.

In fact, it's a sign of a whopping mistake that is...

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