Ecker said that while "anything's possible" in terms of giving the board more money, his request that it resubmit its capital budget primarily was an attempt to give the board the power to decide what school projects to delay or eliminate.
The board yesterday also approved which schools will be designated as "open enrollment" next fall -- allowing students who live outside the neighborhood to attend the school as long as they provide their own transportation.
A school's enrollment must be below 95 percent of the building's capacity for it to be designated open enrollment.
The elementary schools that are designated as open enrollment for kindergarten are Atholton, Bollman Bridge, Clarksville, Dasher Green, Fulton, Guilford, Hollifield Station, Jeffers Hill, Longfellow, Phelps Luck, Running Brook, St. John's Lane, Stevens Forest, Talbott Springs, Thunder Hill, Waverly and West Friendship.
The eight elementaries that are open enrollment for first through fifth grades are Bryant Woods, Dasher Green, Fulton, Hollifield Station, Jeffers Hill, Longfellow, St. John's Lane and Waverly.
The middle schools designated as open enrollment are Burleigh Manor, Elkridge Landing, Mount View, Murray Hill, Oakland Mills and Wilde Lake.
Five of the county's 10 high schools also were designated as open enrollment: Atholton, Glenelg, Hammond, Howard and Oakland Mills.
Open enrollment applications may be submitted from May 7 to May 23, and lotteries will be held in schools that receive more applications than space available.
At Atholton, Glenelg and Howard, the open-enrollment designation means that students who were forced to transfer last fall to the county's two new high schools because of boundary changes will to go back to their original schools.
But the board refused to lift the interscholastic athletics eligibility provision for those schools, saying that students who return through open enrollment must sit out a year.
The board also labeled six schools as "protected," which means that students assigned to them are not permitted to attend other schools through open enrollment. Those schools are Fulton Elementary, Hollifield Station Elementary, Murray Hill Middle, Oakland Mills Middle, Wilde Lake Middle and Glenelg High.
Pub Date: 4/25/97