County school officials will ask the school board Tuesday for preliminary approval of a 61-acre tract on Route 99 west of Marriottsville Road to locate the planned western middle school.
The school system's land-acquisition staff is running close to deadline on finding a site for the school. Associate Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin said earlier that a site would be needed by late fall to allow constructiontime for the school to open on schedule in August 1993.
The new site, owned by Chesapeake Federal Savings and Loan Association, marks the third attempt to find land for the western middle school. Property on Route 144 was abandoned last summer when the owner reportedly held out for twice the appraised value. Another Route 144 site was dropped in October when it failed feasibility tests.
The new site meets all the site criteria, location and size and topography, Cousin said. The land is flat, has been cleared and contains few trees and no wetlands, he said.
If the site passes soil tests for awell and septic system and school officials can agree on price with the savings and loan association, Cousin said prospects now "look good" for opening the school on time.
About half the 61 acres would be used for the middle school. The school board would reserve 15 acresfor a future elementary school and try to interest county recreationand parks officials in buying the remaining 15 acres for a communitypark.
The northern elementary school, which was originally to share a site with western middle school, is now planned on an 83-acre tract on Route 144 owned by Samuel Cimino Jr. The board will conduct a public hearing on the proposed site at its meeting Tuesday.