School board to choose construction projects

October 04, 1994

The Anne Arundel County school board is scheduled to vote tomorrow on which school construction projects it will pursue next year.

Last month, Superintendent Carol S. Parham recommended that the board approve 21 projects worth $36.6 million, saying that list has "an element of credibility."

Dr. Parham's list of high-priority projects includes money to plan additions and renovations at Ridgeway, Jacobsville, Fort Smallwood and Adams Park elementary schools.

Plans also would be drawn up for a new South County middle school, renovations at Brooklyn Park Middle School, and renovations and an addition at Marley Middle School.

The school construction budget won't be presented to the County Council until March 1, but a list must be submitted this month if the county wants the state to help pay for any projects.

Also on the school board's agenda will be a discussion of the board's policy and procedures concerning redistricting. Last year, the state school board reversed a redistricting decision by the Anne Arundel board, saying the local board had not followed its own procedures.

A committee studying redistricting is scheduled to recommend its plan for changing school boundaries countywide next month.

The school board is not expected to vote on a plan until December. If it decides to adopt a redistricting plan, public hearings will be scheduled this winter.

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