Snowden proposes renaming school

August 08, 1994|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,Sun Staff Writer

The Annapolis City Council will consider a diverse agenda tonight that includes topics such as a new courthouse, a microbrewery and the renaming of an elementary school.

Alderman Carl O. Snowden, a Ward 5 Democrat, is introducing a resolution asking the Anne Arundel Board of Education to rename Parole Elementary School for its late principal, Walter S. Mills.

Mr. Mills, who died July 18, was principal of Parole Elementary from 1932 to 1952. His lasting legacy came in 1939, when he sued the Anne Arundel County Board of Education and won equal pay for black teachers and principals.

Parents and alumni of the school have started a petition drive asking that the school be renamed.

School board policy prohibits naming a school for someone until the person has been dead at least three years.

"We strongly believe there needs to be an exception because he was an exceptional man," Mr. Snowden said.

Other items on tonight's agenda include a final vote on the $55.6 million Anne Arundel courthouse expansion.

The council is expected to approve the plan, allowing site preparation to begin later this month.

Work on the 274,000-square-foot expansion on Church Circle will progress in phases, with completion scheduled for 1998.

In other action, the council is to vote on an application from W. M. Enterprises, owner of the Ram's Head Tavern, to build a microbrewery next to its bar on West Street.

The owners testified at earlier hearings that they expect to brew about 3,000 barrels of beer a year. The beer would be sold to Ram's Head patrons and to wholesale distributors. Some beer would also be sold in take-home bottles.

Other items before the council:

* A bill to prohibit smoking in licensed taxicabs.

* A bill to outlaw animal disturbances.

* A resolution to establish new taxicab rates.

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