“We’d like to do whatever we can to make it easier for our parents,” said Sandy Nissel, the school’s chief operating officer.
That may mean selling its campus on Park Heights Avenue in Owings Mills, which houses its elementary school and pre-kindergarten, and expanding its Smith Avenue campus, which houses its middle and high schools. The school’s overall enrollment has steadily increased over the past several years, Nissel said, with more than 1,450 total students, including about 675 at the Park Heighs campus.
“One of the options is to consider selling it,” Nissel said of the Owings Mills property. “There’s no sign up in front of the property, but if it’s right for the school, we will do it.” He added that the school is not aggressively marketing the property.
Bais Yaakov is exploring ways to get more classroom space, Nissel said. According to a press release, the school’s board of directors established an exploratory committee more than two years ago to plan for the school’s growth.
While additional construction at the Smith Avenue campus is possible, and preferable because of its proximity to the Orthodox community, there are issues with traffic, parking, campus access and outdoor fields that may make expansion difficult, the release said. Other options are being explored.