Portable classrooms at Fox to ease crowding next fall

April 26, 1994

Four portable classrooms will ease overcrowding at George Fox Middle School next fall, and the transfer of some of its students will be delayed until countywide redistricting, as a result of votes yesterday by the Anne Arundel County school board.

The Pasadena middle school was built for 844 students, but fall enrollment is projected at 1,041.

The portable classrooms are among 20 included in the school system's budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Ralph Luther, acting assistant superintendent for support services, said each classroom should cost between $37,000 and $50,000.

Board Vice President Joseph Foster, who has said he preferred to see some of the children moved to Chesapeake Bay Middle School, abstained from yesterday's votes. Board members Desira St. Pierre and Maureen Carr-York were absent, said school board spokeswoman Jane Doyle.

The board had wanted to transfer eighth-graders from George Fox Middle to Northeast Senior High School, but parents in the Northeast "feeder" schools challenged the idea, arguing that they had been left out of the discussions.

The State Board of Education invalidated the local board's action in January, saying the board should have held a public hearing that included that proposal.

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