Franklin Middle breaks ground for addition Annex will provide space for 400 more students

November 20, 1997|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County educators, politicians, students and parents broke ground yesterday for a $10 million addition to Franklin Middle School that will add space for 400 students in the fast-growing Reisterstown area.

The start of construction capped 2 1/2 years of planning and lobbying by the Franklin Middle community, an effort that included giving tours to anyone who would visit the school.

"This is a very exciting day for our school," said Principal Richard Gudel. "We're very appreciative of the commitment and hard work that everyone has put in to make this happen."

The addition, expected to be completed by September 1999, will serve as an annex for sixth-graders, providing a separate area for classrooms, a computer laboratory, cafeteria and activity room for physical education. The only areas of the school that sixth-graders will share are the library and health room, Gudel said.

Franklin Middle's enrollment of 1,190 students is at least 200 students above capacity, Gudel said. The school was built in 1929, and an addition was constructed in 1964.

For yesterday's groundbreaking, Gudel invited more than educators and county and state politicians. A pair of students from each of the six elementary schools that feed into Franklin Middle also scooped shovels of dirt during the ceremony.

"These are the students who will benefit from the addition when it is completed," Gudel said.

The Franklin Middle addition is one of several projects aimed at adding classroom space to the northwestern area of Baltimore County.

Other planned school construction includes a 200-seat addition to Deer Park Middle School, a 100-seat addition to Deer Park Elementary School and a 900-student New Town elementary-middle school in Owings Mills.

Together, the projects are expected to add space for 1,600 students.

Pub Date: 11/20/97

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