Runnymede Elementary opening to be scheduled

January 04, 1994|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

The delayed opening of Runnymede Elementary School could be only a month away, but school officials probably won't announce the date until the Carroll County Board of Education meets Jan. 12, the director of school support services, said yesterday.

Vernon Smith said a meeting later this week with the contractor and agencies involved in approving the school for occupancy will give him a better idea of when to set the opening date. But he said he will need to pull together information for the school board before making an announcement.

"We would rather they know before they read about it in the paper," he said.

Mr. Smith said crews worked on the building over the holidays and have made progress.

"But there are some loose ends that are not complete," he said. For example, he said, the Carroll County Health Department has not inspected the school kitchen and other areas.

The wastewater treatment plant, one of the loose ends that contributed most to the delay, is nearly completed. Mr. Smith said the Maryland Department of the Environment will continue to monitor the plant with school officials for the next 60 to 90 days to see how it holds up under use. It is impossible to fully assess the plant, which will be run by the county but used only for the school, until wastewater starts flowing through it.

"That won't happen until we put 600 little bodies in the building," Mr. Smith said.

Runnymede students have been attending Taneytown Elementary School since September. Their new school was originally set to open in August, but was delayed by bad weather. School officials had scheduled a Jan. 5 opening date, but last month had to postpone the occupancy, again because of weather-related delays, Mr. Smith said.

Runnymede's students will include all children who went to the now-closed Uniontown Elementary School last year, and some who went to Taneytown.

Taneytown students are attending classes in rooms and portable classrooms at the adjacent Northwest Middle School. Taneytown students will stay in those facilities while their school is renovated and expanded during the next year.

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