Officials to ask for school renovations

January 25, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

Union Bridge officials will make a pitch to the county Board of Education to pursue plans to renovate the Elmer A. Wolfe Elementary School, during the Feb. 8 budget hearing at Northwest Middle School.

Kent Doxzon, whose daughter Emily is a student at the school, asked Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr. and the Town Council to speak to the board in an effort to keep it from postponing renovations to the 60-year-old structure.

"We are the only elementary school in the county that houses K [kindergarten] through fourth grade. We can't even have a fifth grade in the school," said Mr. Doxzon, who attended last night's council meeting on behalf of the school's PTO.

"[Director of School Support Services] Vernon Smith even said that Elmer Wolfe, New Windsor Middle and [Francis Scott] Key are the most obsolete school buildings in the county."

Once a new New Windsor Middle School is opened, about 1995, Elmer Wolfe students are to occupy the vacant building of the old New Windsor Middle School, while the elementary school building is renovated.

But Mr. Doxzon said the PTO has learned that money may not be available for planning the renovation project.

Mayor Jones said a town official would be at the budget hearing to support the PTO and the renovations.

In other business, the town voted to approve two zoning ordinances, one designed to give developers more flexibility in designing subdivisions in town and the other to limit the types of structures built in business districts.

Residential dwellings will no longer be permitted on land zoned for general business use.

Also, planned unit developing has been replaced by a more "flexible option for residential development which encourages clustering of housing."

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