Four Schools Expected To Be Built In Next Five Years

Major Renovations Also Planned For Five Other Schools

August 25, 1991|By Staff writer

WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS — if all goes well -- four more schools will open to ease overcrowdingin Carroll County, and five others will undergo renovations and additions.

On tap to be built are Friendship Valley Elementary in Westminster, Runnymede Elementary near Taneytown, a replacement New Windsor Middle School and a new Oklahoma Road Middle School in Eldersburg.

Friendship Valley, to be located on Gist Road near Kate Wagner Road, is under construction. The $5 million project is expected to be completed and ready for occupancy in fall 1992. The school will house about 600 students.

Overcrowding in classrooms in Manchester and Hampstead will be alleviated next month with the opening of Spring Garden Elementary in Hampstead. Piney Ridge Elementary, also opening next month, will ease overcrowding in Eldersburg-area elementary schools.

Piney Ridge and Spring Garden bring the number of Carroll schools to 32, including the Carroll County Education Center and the Multi-Service Center, which will house Sandymount Elementary students during renovation of their school this year.

Besides the renovation of Sandymount Elementary -- a $4.8 million project that involves the demolition of the existing 1936 building and renovation of wings built in 1950, 1963, 1969 and 1974 -- similar projects are planned for Francis Scott Key High School and Winfield, Mechanicsville and Taneytown elementaries over the next five years.

Also during that time frame,school officials will seek planning recognition for an addition and renovation at Elmer Wolfe Elementary in Union Bridge, and for new elementary schools in Westminster and in the southeast part of the county.

Runnymede Elementary School, scheduled to open in 1994, will replace Uniontown Elementary School and accommodate students from overcrowded Taneytown Elementary School.

Although the county commissioners pushed school officials to place a new Manchester Elementary School higher on the district's building priority list, the district is still slated to seek planning recognition for the school in fiscal 1997. The school's opening is expected by the year 2000.

Board members and school staff have said other parts of the county are in need ofschools, too, but current enrollment projections do not show a need for another Manchester elementary school until the turn of the century.

School officials, though, will once again press the state to grant planning recognition for the New Windsor Middle School replacement. They were unsuccessful in their attempts earlier this year to havethe state grant planning recognition.

The new school is needed, school officials said, because the existing building, built in 1936 and expanded several times, is obsolete. The proposed 72,600-square-foot facility would boost capacity from 450 to 550 students. The $7.07 million school is expected to be completed in fiscal 1995.

"Hopefully, the economic picture will improve and more capital projects can be approved by the state," said Lester P. Surber, Carroll's supervisorof school facilities/planning.

The New Oklahoma Road Middle School, slated to receive planning recognition in fiscal 1993, would houseabout 850 students, including 50 special education students, in a 111,200-square-foot facility. The price tag is $10.61 million.

STATUS OF SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

Project. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92. . 93. . 94. . 95. . 96. . Cost*

Friendship Valley Elementary. . . . . .. . O . . . . .. . . . . . $5.0

Sandymount Elem. renovation . . . . . . . . O . . . . . . . . . . . 4.8

Winfield Elem. renovation . . . . . .C . . . . . O . . . . . . . . 4.4

Runnymede Elementary . . . . . . . ..C. . . . . . O . . . . . . . . 7.2

Mechanicsville Elem. renovation . . .P. . . C . . .. . .O . . . . . 4.0

New Windsor Middle. . . . . . . . . P. . . C . . . . . O . . . . . 7.1

Oklahoma Road Middle . . . . . . . . . . .. P. . C . . . . O. . 10.6

Taneytown Elem. renovation . . . . . . . . P. . .C . . . . O.. .

F. Scott Key High renovation. . . . . . . . P. . C . . . . . . . . 5.5

Uniontown Elementary . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. Cl . .. . . . . N/A

Elmer Wolfe Elem. renovation . . . . . . . . . . P.. . C . . . . .

Westminster area elementary . . . . . . . . . . .P. . . C. . . . .

Southeast area elementary . . . . . . . . . . .. P. . . C. . . . .

West Middle expansion . . . . . . . . . . . .. . P. . . C. . . . .

Westminster area high . . . . . . . . . . .. . . P. . . C. . . . .

New Windsor Middle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cl. . . . . . . N/A

O -- Date of occupancy

P -- Planning recognition sought

C -- Construction begins

Cl -- Existing school slated to close

*In millions of dollars

Cost estimates have not been developed

All dates are fiscal years

BY: Greg Tasker

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