Ex-elementary reclaimed as site for disruptive pupils

August 06, 1994|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,Sun Staff Writer

The Baltimore County school system is reclaiming another school, the former Inverness Elementary at 8301 Lynch Road in Inverness on the county's east side.

Beginning this fall, the school will become Inverness Center, an alternative middle school for students considered too disruptive for their home schools.

It will house the alternative program started last year at Eastwood Center, a former special education school on Westham Way in the Dundalk area.

In June, the school system took back the old Campfield Elementary School building from the county, also for use as an alternative school.

Opened in 1957 and closed in 1979 because of declining enrollment, the Inverness school has been used by the county, which stored voting machines there for many years. Although the county returned the building to the school system last month, it won't move the machines until just before the Sept. 13 primary election.

In addition, the building will need repairs and some renovations to adapt it for middle school students.

For these reasons, the alternative school will most likely not open Sept. 8, the first day of school, said Edgar Massey, Inverness principal. "I'll absolutely get them started [somewhere]," he said of the few students assigned to the alternative school when school starts.

Inverness will have a capacity of 100 students, who will come from middle schools in the northeastern and southeastern parts of the county. It will have a staff of 10, including three counselors, and several instructional assistants for the small classes, Mr. Massey said.

The school initially will occupy one wing of the building, he said. The county recreation and parks office is to remain at the school with community groups continuing to use it for meetings and programs.

The school system opened three alternative middle schools and two alternative high schools last year for disruptive students and those who might otherwise be expelled because of serious violations of school rules.

Last year, the five schools had room for about 300 students; this year, their capacity will be doubled.

The alternative middle school on the west side of the county is at Campfield on Alter Avenue, which was closed nine years ago when enrollments were falling.

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