Broadneck to accept first ninth-grade class next year Expansion continuing ahead of schedule

November 24, 1996|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

The renovation and expansion of Broadneck Senior High School, which was to reopen next fall only to grades 10 through 12, is so far ahead of schedule that the school will take in its first ninth-grade class next fall as well.

The $24.9 million project began last July and is expected to be completed in July 1997, six months early.

"All in all, this will be received as very good news by everyone concerned," said Bob Pochet, president of the Community Advisory Committee for Severn River Junior High School and the father of a nervous eighth-grader. Courtney will be in Broadneck's first class of ninth-graders.

"For once, the planners and the project people really deserve the congratulations of everybody," Pochet said. "They did it in fine style."

Word that the Broadneck project is ahead of schedule comes as Superintendent Carol S. Parham works on a plan to privatize the ailing school construction department, which has been under heavy fire for planning and construction problems. Parham praised everyone connected with the Broadneck project.

"It has been made possible through the hard work of the Broadneck Task Force, the staff members of Broadneck High, Magothy River Middle and Severn River Junior High schools, our facilities planning and construction division, CRSS Contractors, and good fortune," she said.

Ralph A. Luther, school facilities director, said the contract with CRSS will have to be changed to reflect the new completion dates, penalty and bonus clauses to speed up some of the work, but it is unlikely those changes will pose any problems.

Meanwhile, school officials will have to hurry to buy new materials, reorganize staffs and schedules and change bus routes to prepare for the ninth-graders entering the school a year early, said Kenneth Lawson, associate superintendent for instruction and student services. Broadneck's renovation and expansion are designed to accommodate a growing population on the peninsula as well as bring the ninth grade into the state's last high school without one.

Under the original plans, the building was to be renovated this school year, with the new wing added by January 1998.

Ninth-graders would have moved into Broadneck in September 1998.

Broadneck students are in Severn River Junior High School this year. Magothy River Middle, with sixth- and seventh-graders, and Severn River Junior, with eighth- and ninth-graders, are on split sessions in the Magothy River building.

Pub Date: 11/24/96

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