Elementary school's opening again postponed

February 17, 1993|By Sherrie Ruhl | Sherrie Ruhl,Staff Writer

Church Creek Elementary School, originally scheduled to open in September but beset by repeated delays, now is not expected to open before Nov. 1, the Harford school superintendent said yesterday.

Tests for toulene, an industrial solvent, had delayed groundbreaking from June until October. The site tested negative for the chemical.

Rainy weather has led to more delays, said Superintendent Ray R. Keech.

Workers have done some excavation at the site, but have yet to pour the concrete foundation.

"The earliest we could have students in there is sometime after the Thanksgiving break, because we've got to have time to get in there and set up the school," Mr. Keech said.

He said he did not know what would happen to the 500 or so students who would have attended the Belcamp school when it opened Aug. 30.

Children from the community are now bused a few miles away to crowded elementary classrooms in the Aberdeen and Abingdon areas.

"We are looking at all of the alternatives, every possibility, and then we are going to narrow them down, to which ones are the lesser evils," Mr. Keech said, adding he wanted to meet with parents of students who would attend the school.

Pat Benedict, a parent who has been active in trying to get the school built, said moving 500 students halfway through the school year could be traumatic for children and their parents.

"There are a lot of ideas floating around out there," she said. "The most important thing is that the school system keep the community and the parents involved in the decision-making . . . ."

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