Middle school opening pushed back to 1996

August 04, 1994|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,Sun Staff Writer

Andover Middle School's opening will be delayed for three months and renovations at two other North County schools may be disrupted because of a delay in state funding.

Andover was supposed to open in September 1995. The date has been pushed back until January 1996, said Mark Moran, acting director of planning and construction for Anne Arundel County schools.

The Andover project is the second part of a three-phase plan to renovate North County schools. The first phase was the renovation of Lindale Junior High, now North County High School.

Seventh-graders and eighth-graders from Lindale and Brooklyn Park will have to attend Brooklyn Park High School until the Andover renovation is complete.

During the third phase, Brooklyn Park Junior High students will attend the refurbished Andover Middle School while Brooklyn Park High School undergoes a two-year renovation.

In April, the state decided to pay for $1.5 million of the $14 million middle school renovation, said Mr. Moran.

Because many North County schools are about 30 years old and in disrepair, the delay in opening Andover could cause a ripple effect on renovation projects for other schools, said school board members.

"Students are the ones who are suffering" because of the delays in funding and completing the project, said Joseph H. Foster, a school board member.

"We're already working on a tight schedule in getting a $14 million project up and done in a short amount of time," said Ralph Luther, acting assistant superintendent for support services. "Waiting for the state moneys did cause our original schedule to become unrealistic."

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