Twenty-eight years ago, J. Michael Logan was one of the first students at the new Clarksville Elementary School.
This year, Michael and Teresa Logan's sons, John and David, will be among the first students at the new Pointers Run Elementary School in Clarksville.
Michael Logan's family moved to Trotter Road when he was 4, and the following year he started kindergarten in the old Clarksville School that still stands on Route 108 near the Route 32 intersection. He remembers that he and his friends were unenthusiastic about the new elementary school further east on Route 108.
"We always liked the old school," he said. A sixth-grader when Clarksville Elementary opened in 1963, Michael Logan spent one year there and returned to his oldschool for junior high. The building is now the Gateway School for students with disciplinary problems.
Michael Logan says John, a third-grader, and David, a first-grader, have talked about missing theirfriends at Clarksville Elementary, but he thinks they'll like Pointers Run once school starts.
David got a preview visit with his mother, who is president of the school PTA.
"He said he liked the water fountains and the carpet you can do cartwheels on," Teresa Logan reported.
The chance to open a new school is a principal's dream, said Andrew T. Barshinger, who was appointed to head Pointers Run aftersix years as principal of St. John's Lane Elementary School.
"St.John's Lane was a great community and a great school, but this is a new challenge," Barshinger said.
Pointers Run School cost $8.6 million and includes a regional special education center for handicappedpreschool children. The school will be staffed by 30 teachers chosenfrom 130 applicants.
The school will open at about 60 percent of its 592-student capacity. But with houses going up in River Hill, "More students are coming," Barshinger said.
The 365 students expected to arrive at the new school Tuesday morning will be walking on "White Wine and Claret." That's the name John Dorsey of Troy Hill gave tothe 1,400 acres along the Patuxent River between Clarksville and Simpsonville that he was granted in 1702.
Media specialist Joseph G. Duckworth has been collecting historic information about the school property that he plans to publish in the parent newsletter. The information will also be on file in the school media center.
Legend has it that the tract got its name after Dorsey sent out a surveying party provisioned with food, white wine and claret. When the owner saw the survey map, he concluded that the many crooked lines must have beencaused by overindulgence in the wines.
Part of Dorsey's land westof Trotter Road was bought in 1800 by William Welling, who is buriedin the Welling family cemetery just beyond the north boundary of the15.5-acre school grounds.
Pointers Run School is in Columbia's 10th and last village, River Hill. The village's two neighborhoods -- Pointers Run and Pheasant Ridge -- will take their names from the gameand hunting dogs on the nearby River Hill Farm shooting preserve.
"The pointer is a proud-looking dog and that's what we want to instill in the kids, pride in their school," said Teresa Logan.