Board proposes options for relocation of Broadneck students

January 12, 1995|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,Sun Staff Writer

Community members and representatives from the county school board met last night to discuss relocation options for students at Broadneck Senior High while it undergoes a two-year, $22 million renovation scheduled to begin in September 1996.

In the first of three such meetings last night, the school board proposed seven options, each based on a split-session plan in which students could attend classes from 7 a.m. to noon or from noon to 5 p.m.

Split shifts would affect not only Broadneck's students, but those at the schools they would be moving into -- Annapolis and Severna Park high schools, or the Twin Rivers middle schools complex that includes Magothy Middle and Severn River Junior High.

Ken Nichols, a school board aide, said an idea brought up by a parent last night -- building a "mirror school" alongside Broadneck -- was not an option, although it was met with the most enthusiastic applause of the evening from the audience of about 100 people.

Among the options on the table, the audience appeared to favor using the Twin Rivers schools -- placing any inconvenience for host schools on the students who eventually would attend Broadneck.

In one Twin Rivers plan, identified as Option F, middle and junior high students would share a single building and have split sessions while Broadneck students occupied the other building and had a normal school day.

That idea was favored by one parent, Cheryl Gargagliano, who asked: "Why should the high school be affected most when they're not going to get anything out of it? The younger ones are the ones who are going to get the most out of this, and they should take the brunt of the inconvenience."

The board representatives asked for a show of hands on the various options to assess community sentiment, and 35 people, the largest number for any plan, showed their agreement with Option F.

Superintendent Carol S. Parham will make the final decision on placement of the students.

The two-year Broadneck project will upgrade the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system in the school, and add classroom space for approximately 1,000 more students. Broadneck has students only in grades 10 through 12.

Many people don't understand why the school, built in 1982, needs such a costly renovation. The school is not crowded or in bad shape.

Several other county schools, some 30 years old, have trailer classrooms, leaky roofs and no air conditioning.

But Mr. Nichols said Broadneck is too small for the number of students the county anticipates will be attending once the renovations are finished. He said the population on the Broadneck peninsula is growing and that the eventual move of the ninth grade from Severn River Junior High will add 500 more students.

Broadneck has an enrollment this year of 1,100 students, 50 over its rated capacity.

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