Carroll Springs favored as school name

November 09, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

That school on South Center Street may finally have a new name tomorrow if the Carroll Board of Education votes in favor of Carroll Springs School.

That's the new name favored by the school improvement team at the school, now called the Carroll County Education Center, and it's the name Superintendent R. Edward Shilling is recommending for school board approval.

The board meets at 5 p.m. tomorrow at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center.

The board will discuss several other issues at the regular monthly meeting, including a policy that further clarifies a ban on staff-student dating. The policy was prompted by the recent conviction of Anne Arundel teacher Ronald W. Price for child sexual abuse and the statewide focus on abuse of students.

Tomorrow's meeting will be the first evening meeting the board has held since 1986, except for special hearings. Board member C. Scott Stone, who raised night meetings as an issue in his election campaign, urged the board to hold at least one meeting at night so that parents who work during the day may attend.

The education center's school improvement team tried to change the South Center Street school's name last summer.

After examining entries submitted by the public, the team chose Morgan Run School and the name was submitted to the school board by Principal Robin Farinholt.

The board approved that name in May, to become effective July 1. But in June, Ronald and Deborah Zepp of Shipley protested because there already is a Morgan Run Schoolhouse. They bought and are restoring the brick school, and are living in it in the little community south of Westminster.

Ms. Farinholt said she had known about the original school and thought that added to the richness of the name. But the Zepps persuaded the board to try again.

The school improvement team sought another round of submissions. In addition to Carroll Springs School, which again was Ms. Farinholt's submission, Twelve Springs School and Farmview School were suggested, the former for the 12 springs that feed into Carroll County and the latter for the Carroll County Farm Museum directly across the street.

Ms. Farinholt said the school community wanted to change the name to something with the word "school" in it.

She said she avoided names containing references to special education because the school could be used for other purposes someday.

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