Board members will decide fate of media centers

March 15, 1995|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Sun Staff Writer

Anne Arundel County school board members will have their first chance today to determine which of seven schools will get upgraded library-computer centers.

"Benfield Elementary had been the No. 1 priority, and is still the No. 1 priority in the staff's recommendation to the board," said Ronald L. Beckett, associate superintendent of support services. "We'll be able to do two additional media centers."

The board meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be at school system headquarters on Riva Road in Annapolis.

The board will be forced to make a choice about which schools will get revamped media centers because the County Council refused to grant more money for the projects.

School administrators said that the original estimate of $50,000 per library was low and that $120,000 was a more realistic figure. For all seven, the school system needed $500,000 on top of the $350,000 already in this year's construction budget. The council refused.

In addition to discussing the media centers, the school board will examine school capacity.

A 12-member countywide redistricting committee recommended earlier this year that the school system adopt the capacity figures used by the Interagency Committee, the state panel that oversees school construction in Maryland. The county has used a lower number than the state in assessing overcrowding and whether new schools are needed.

An update on the four-period day at Chesapeake High School and a discussion of plans for a similar schedule next year at Northeast High School also are on the agenda.

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