School additions proposed at Liberty and South Carroll

April 09, 1997|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF

The county school board will hear a proposal today to add 19 classrooms to Liberty High School and a smaller addition to South Carroll High to keep up with enrollment in the Route 26 corridor -- the fastest growing part of the county.

But several parents plan to speak up at the meeting to ask that the county instead build a new high school on land near Linton Springs Elementary.

"It's a Band-Aid way of fixing our problem here," said Susan Krebs, a PTA member from Oklahoma Road Middle and Freedom Elementary schools.

Krebs said that by building the permanent additions, the county would risk losing state funding for a new high school in the future. Better to use portable classrooms, she said, and keep the way clear for a new school.

School officials don't disagree entirely that southern Carroll County needs another high school, but a new one would cost about $16 million. Additions to two high schools would cost half as much, said Lester Surber, supervisor of school facilities.

A new high school might not eliminate crowding at Liberty.

"I don't think we have any choice," Principal Robert Bastress said. "Even if we build a new high school, it appears we need to expand Liberty."

Liberty is the easternmost of the high schools in southern Carroll, and much of the growth in the area is east of the school.

Pub Date: 4/09/97

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