Oklahoma Road is OK name for school, Carroll board says

January 14, 1994|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

The Carroll County School Board tossed Justice and Independence aside when they named the proposed new middle school on Oklahoma Road.

But no one will be confused. The new name: Oklahoma Road Middle School. Which is what everyone has been calling it anyway.

"Kind of tricky, a little creative," said Superintendent R. Edward Shilling about the name after he recommended board approval Wednesday.

"I am recommending what the majority of the [building] committee is recommending," he told the board.

Some residents had suggested naming the school Independence Middle School or Justice Middle School, to go with nearby Freedom Elementary and Liberty High.

In October, Mr. Shilling asked people to suggest names for the school. Sykesville Middle Principal Donald Pyles also sent home surveys with his students. Of the 38 surveys that came back, 23 suggested just making it official and calling the school Oklahoma Road Middle School, because that's what children call nearby playing fields.

The school is to be built in Eldersburg as early as next year. It would ease crowding at Sykesville Middle School, which is more than 200 students over its 855-student capacity.

Mr. Shilling and other county officials plan to appeal to the state Board of Public Works next week in an attempt to get state money for the school. A state committee already has denied the county money for it, saying the formula it uses doesn't yet show the need for the school.

The county commissioners have said they eventually would pay for the school if the state will not, but had been hoping only to pay half the cost -- about $6 million.

And school officials are hoping to be able to put the project out to bid in the spring. Mr. Shilling has said that if the county has to pay for the school, it will be much harder to build other schools the county will need in the next five years.

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