Middle school plans to do double duty Two buildings to be similar

June 11, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

Carroll County will save about $170,000 by using the plans for a new middle school in New Windsor as a prototype for the Oklahoma Road Middle School, says Superintendent R. Edward Shilling.

The same architects, Smeallie, Orrick and Janka Ltd. of Baltimore, will adapt the plans to the Oklahoma Road property and add another 20,000 square feet of space for classrooms and special education areas. The county school board voted Wednesday to hire the firm for a lump sum of $193,980 for that job.

Mr. Shilling said the $170,000 saved could be used for architectural fees for the Taneytown Elementary School renovation.

It is the second time in recent years the system has used a prototype. Plans for Hampstead Elementary School from 1985 were used to design Spring Garden Elementary, which also opened in Hampstead in 1991, said facilities planner Kathleen Sanner.

"The school facilities staff feels strongly about the value of using prototype schools," Ms. Sanner said.

In addition to the savings, she said, benefits include a better building because school officials can learn from any problems the first time the plans were used.

New Windsor Middle School construction will begin later this year. Work on Taneytown is scheduled to begin next year. No starting date has been set for the Oklahoma Road school because county officials have not received state approval to build it.

In other business, the school board voted to:

* Ratify raises to all non-union workers equivalent to the 3 percent raises offered to four of the five bargaining groups. One group, Carroll Association of School Employees, is awaiting arbitration after reaching an impasse with the board.

* Hire Michelle M. Parrish as a junior accountant in the finance department, David N. Braune and William C. Jones as adult education instructors, and Darlene C. Urban as a home teacher.

* Pay $25,000 in additional legal fees for litigation and negotiation services to the law firm of Blum, Yumkas, Mailman, Gutman and Denick. The fee is above the annual retainer of $115,000 the board pays the firm.

* Approve a list of more than 200 books for classroom use. The books have been screened by the Curriculum Council, a group of parents and staff.

The council voted to recommend all but one book this year. Members objected to, "If You Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King," by Ellen Levine, after several parents complained that it stereotyped white people.

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