Deer Park pupils to be shifted to 2 schools nearby

April 11, 1996|By Marego Athans and Lisa Respers | Marego Athans and Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

Acknowledging that Deer Park Elementary School could be a protracted health problem, Baltimore County officials decided yesterday to send students to two nearby schools until the building is declared hazard-free.

Beginning Monday, Deer Park children -- who will have missed at least eight days of school because of troubles with the building -- will be split between Hernwood Elementary and Deer Park Middle and Magnet School.

The move drew criticism from some parents, who worry about transportation, crowding, shifting schedules and exposing Deer Park Elementary students to middle schoolers.

Some parents have demanded that the school system provide portable classrooms on Deer Park Elementary's grounds, but district officials said it would take eight to 12 weeks to install them.

"We believe we can have the children in very good learning environments in" Hernwood Elementary and Deer Park Middle and Magnet School, Superintendent Anthony G. Marchione told parents.

District officials still were working out details of bus transportation and classroom space late yesterday afternoon, but said they would send letters to every parent explaining the plan by day's end.

The school near Randallstown was closed March 27, three days before spring break, after parents complained that their children were becoming ill from antifreeze leaking from the heating system.

Though school officials maintained the building posed no hazard, tests last week revealed poor ventilation and heating. Results of tests to determine whether contaminants are in the building are expected today or tomorrow.

County environmental officials yesterday hired a firm to investigate what is needed to repair the heating and ventilation system, installed 18 months ago.

Pub Date: 4/11/96

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