Closing recommended for Hamilton school

March 24, 1994|By Melody Simmons | Melody Simmons,Sun Staff Writer

A city school committee is recommending that School No. 236 -- Hamilton Elementary and Middle School -- be permanently closed -- instead of renovated for $4.1 million, as had been planned.

Under the recommendation, the school's 600 students would be transferred to the 23-year-old Northern Parkway Junior High School building in the 2500 block of E. Northern Parkway this fall.

The committee, the School Improvement Team, voted 15-to-1 to recommend that the 69-year-old, brick building in the 6100 block of Old Harford Road be closed.

The recommendation, which still needs School Board approval, angers some parents in the Hamilton area who received letters this week explaining the recommendation.

"I am upset because I feel that is their school and why should they do that to the children," said Cindy Sisson, who has two children enrolled in No. 236. "If they don't do something about [the vote to close the school], I'm going to take them out of that school" rather than allow them to be transferred.

The School Board is expected to consider the recommendation in April.

Officials defended the decision because the new facility offers updated classrooms, an 800-seat auditorium and a modern cafeteria.

The old Northern Parkway Junior High School has recently been used as temporary schools for Montebello Elementary School No. 44 and Brehms Lane Elementary School No. 231 while they were renovated.

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