Parents call for larger auditorium, more parking at new middle school

March 12, 1993|By Lan Nguyen | Lan Nguyen,Staff Writer

Elkridge parents want a bigger cafeteria-auditorium and more parking spaces than are planned for the new northeastern middle school set to open in 1995.

Parents now have to drive too far to use Howard High School's auditorium for choir and band concerts, two parents told the Howard County school board yesterday.

"The new [eastern] high school is slated to be placed nearer Columbia, leaving our end of the county without auditorium facilities," said Linda Carey, a member of the architectural review committee for the new middle school.

She said schools that would benefit from a bigger auditorium are Rockburn, Worthington and Deep Run elementaries and Mayfield Woods and Ellicott Mills middle schools, among others.

Pat Eikenberg, president of the PTA at Elkridge Elementary School, asked the board to find more parking spaces for the new school, next to the elementary school off Montgomery Road.

She predicted that "the parking for both schools is going to be awful."

"On back-to-school night at our school alone, the parents filled up the driveway on both sides. The rest of the little bit of parking that was left [was] . . . along Montgomery Road," Ms. Eikenberg said.

Dana Hanna, board chairman, told the parents that the board will take the issues under advisement. He said school administrators will present construction plans at a future meeting when the board will raise their questions.

"We couldn't provide adequate parking . . . even if we paved all of Lawyer's Hill," Mr. Hanna said.

During yesterday's meeting, the board approved revisions to the policy that bans students who voluntarily transfer to another school from playing sports for a year. The policy needed to be updated, said Daniel Jett, director of high schools.

The revisions define "pupil residence," "service area" and "home school."

In another matter, the board approved initiating legal proceedings to force a Clarksville homeowner to sell a strip of land that is needed for a road to the new western high school that is scheduled to open in 1996. The land, less than one-fifth of an acre near the entrance to the school, would be used for a deceleration lane required by the State Highway Administration.

Associate Superintendent Sydney Cousin said that negotiations to buy the land were unsuccessful. A previous owner had agreed sell, but the new owner refused, he said. The new owner would still be able to live in the house if the school system bought the land, Mr. Cousin said.

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