State clears funds for new Meade Heights school Most other Arundel projects rejected

January 28, 1993|By Monica Norton | Monica Norton,Staff Writer

The state approved money for a new Meade Heights Elementary school yesterday, but rejected roughly two-thirds of the $4.8 million in capital projects requested by the Anne Arundel County Board of Education.

School officials had requested approval for 23 projects, but only three were approved, at a cost of $1.38 million.

The state Board of Public Works allotted $958,000 for Meade Heights Elementary, about 11 percent of the total projected cost of $8.8 million. Also approved was $308,000 for roof replacement at Southern High and $116,000 for roof replacement at Tyler Heights Elementary.

The state, however, did not approve a request for $1.6 million in planning money for a new Solley Elementary School.

The existing Meade Heights is situated on an underground stream that has caused structural damage to the school. School officials had estimated that repairs would have cost 80 percent of the cost of a new school.

The new Meade Heights will have a capacity of 450 students, compared to 218 in the existing building. The school had 226 students in September.

Like Meade Heights, Solley has structural problems that would have pushed renovation costs nearly as high as the projected $8.9 million cost of building a new school.

The new Solley is expected to be built on land adjacent to the existing school, but farther back from Solley Road. The new school's capacity will be increased from its current 85 students and is expected to reduce overcrowding at nearby High Point Elementary.

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