North County High set to open Sept. 7 Construction of auditorium incomplete

August 04, 1993|By Shanon D. Murray | Shanon D. Murray,Staff Writer

Despite the moving trucks and the 80 or more contractors still working in and around the new home of North County High School, county officials said the school will be open for classes Sept. 7.

"There's definitely some work still going on, but the classroom areas will be completed," said Michael K. Raible, the director of planning and construction for county schools.

The high school will open one week after all other county schools to give workers more time and administrators a transition period.

Mr. Raible said most of the time and money -- $17 million over the past 12 months -- has been spent transforming the building on First Avenue, formerly Lindale Junior High School in Ferndale, into a suitable high school.

North County has been using the Andover Junior High School building on Andover Road for three years. Lindale is sharing facilities with Brooklyn Park Junior High School.

Ten classrooms and an auditorium -- about 34,000 square feet -- were added to the two-story building.

Mr. Raible said the auditorium won't be complete until November. A boom on a crane crushed the auditorium's frame in an April 21 construction accident.

Despite the organized chaos inside and outside the building, North County's administrative offices have already been set up.

"We started moving our boxes and personal things in on July 27," said Sharon Fulton, the guidance department chairwoman.

"It's exciting, but 'raw' is a good word," she says of all the commotion going on in what will be hallways.

Workers are still painting, finishing the roof and floors, installing carpet, tile and lockers, and fine tuning the electrical wiring and the alarm and phone systems.

"The kids will really appreciate the building, especially the central air conditioning," Ms. Fulton said.

About 1,600 students will be attending North County High School at its new home.

They come primarily from Brooklyn Park, Ferndale, Linthicum and parts of Glen Burnie. With 95 teachers, the school is one of the largest in the county.

Not everyone will be able to inspect the new school at the same time. Ninth- and 10th-graders will have their first day on Sept. 7, 11th- and 12th-graders on Sept. 8. The new North County High will play to a full house Sept. 9.

"We have to stagger the first days so we won't have mass confusion," said Joseph Butler, one of two assistant principals. "None of them know the building. But the transition shouldn't be a problem, maybe the first week."

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