Despite an appeal from Carroll school officials, the Maryland Interagency Committee on School Construction denied planning permission forthe proposed Oklahoma Road middle school and a New Windsor Middle School replacement.
Lester P. Surber, Carroll's supervisor of schoolfacilities planning, said the decision was "somewhat expected," given the state's current budget crisis and the number of school buildingprojects requested.
Even so, school officials will appeal the IAC's decision to the state Board of Public Works next month.
School officials said the Oklahoma Road project is needed to alleviate overcrowding at Sykesville and Mount Airy middle schools. The existing New Windsor facility isaged and its classrooms are small and cramped.
The IAC, however, did approve Carroll's request to relocate two portable classrooms from Manchester Elementary to Winfield Elementary, where a renovation and addition project is scheduled to begin this year.