ON JANUARY 20, 2015, MEMBERS OF THE BEL ALTON HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (BAHSCDC) WERE LOCKED-OUT OF THEIRCOMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CENTER BY THE CHARLES COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS.
THE LOCK-OUT HAS PREVENTED THE BEL ALTON CDC BOARD OF DIRECTORS FROM USING THE SCHOOL BUILDING TO CONTINUE ITS MISSION TO HELP LOW INCOME RESIDENTS OF CHARLES COUNTY THROUGH WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, JOBS CREATION, AND HEALTH PROGRAMS.
THE BEL ALTON HIGH SCHOOL CDC BOARD HAS TAKEN THE BOARD OF CHARLES COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO COURT TO REGAIN ACCESS TO THE SCHOOL BUILDING. A CHARLES COUNTY DISTRICT COURT JUDGE RECENTLY SENT THE CASE TO THE CHARLES COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT FOR A JURY TRIAL.
PLEASE HELP US FIGHT THIS ILLEGAL ACTION BY THE CHARLES COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.
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Some members of the original Bel Alton High School Alumni Group that saved the historic building from being demolished by Charles county.
The Bel Alton High School Before Renovation
The Charles County government had planned to demolish the historic Bel Alton High School building due to its deteriorating condition. The school had been in existence as a segregated black High School from 1938 until schools in Charles County were integrated in 1965.
In the early 1990s, a courageous and spirited group of Bel Alton High School alumni stepped forward and convinced county officials not to tear down their former High School because it was a symbol of their African -American heritage in Charles County.
The county agreed, and the Bel Alton High School Alumni Association began the process of obtaining over six (6) million dollars of state and federal funding to renovate the school building and to operate a community development center to serve low income residents.
The renovation project, which included the school building and a public water and sewage system, began in the spring of 2004 and was completed in May of 2008. The Bel Alton Alumni Association / Bel Alton CDC secured over six (6) million in federal and state funding for the renovation project.
The mission of the Bel Alton High School Community Development Corporation is to rehabilitate our former High School and to establish programs that help people with low income improve the quality of their lives. Workforce development, jobs creation, health education and dental services are the primary means to accomplish our mission.
Donations We welcome donations to our organization that will help us maintain and expand our program offerings and help us achieve our mission more readily. All board members are senior citizen volunteers who have worked with the CDC for over 20 years. Several board members also serve as staff. We need more volunteers to help us, as well as donations of $5, $10, $15 or whatever you have in your heart to give. Renovating our school has already made a big difference in improving the appearance and adding value to the Bel Alton community. However we must do more. With your financial support we will. Make a donation today. If you prefer to contribute by mail, send a check to Bel Alton High School Community Development, P. O. 2614, La Plata,Md 20646. You may also donate online.