County school officials have found a possible site for a planned northern elementary school but are still looking for land that is more urgently needed for a western middle school.
An 83-acre parcel on Old Frederick Road east of Triadelphia Road will be up for preliminaryapproval as the northern elementary school site at Thursday's schoolboard meeting.
The predominantly wooded land is owned by Towson resident Samuel Cimino Jr.
School officials need a site within the next few monthsfor the western middle school if the school is to open on schedule in August 1993.
"We don't have one yet, but we're working on it," Sydney L. Cousin, associate superintendent for finance and operations,said Monday.
The Department of Education's land acquisition staffhas been thwarted in two previous efforts to buy sites along Old Frederick Road that would have housed both schools.
The Cimino property has enough acreage to accommodate an elementary and a middle school, but Cousin said the configuration limits its potential to an elementary-school site.
The school board generally requires about 15 acres for an elementary school, 27 for a middle school.
"We'd have to put one school behind the other" to build both on the Cimino property, Cousin said. He said the staff hopes for a joint-use agreement with the county Department of Recreation and Parks to develop the rest of the property as a county park.
Recreation and Parks Director Jeffrey A. Bourne said the county needs additional parkland in the area, despite its recent acquisition of the 23-acre Kiwanis Park near theintersection of Old Frederick Road and U.S. 40.
Bourne said yesterday that he has not yet looked at the Cimino property to determine whether it meets the county's needs.
The school board tried to buy 72 acres on Old Frederick Road in April but could not reach an agreement on price with owner Andrew J. Harbin of Ellicott City.
In August, the board gave preliminary approval to 40 acres on the opposite side of Old Frederick Road, part of the farm owned by County Councilman Charles C. Feaga and his four brothers and sisters.
The board had to abandon plans to buy the Feaga land when tests showed that it could not support a private well and septic system for the school. The property is outside the metropolitan water and sewer service area.
Board of Education agenda highlights for 4 p.m. tomorrow meeting in Department of Education boardroom, 10910 Route 108:
* Northern elementary school -- preliminary approval of site
* Unsolicited donation from Businesses Against Drugs
* Public hearing on policy governing enrollment, residency and tuition
* Curriculum development, summer 1991
* Executive session