School board to vote on transfer proposal

March 18, 1998|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

County school board members will take public comments and then cast the final vote tonight on a proposal to allow students at crowded North County and Arundel high schools to transfer to other schools.

With the construction of a high school in West County a long way off, Superintendent Carol S. Parham proposed allowing students transfer to under-enrolled schools.

Two weeks ago, the board voted to add a clause to that proposal that would allow the transfers, but only to schools that are less than 90 percent full. Those high schools are Severna Park, Annapolis, Meade, South River, Broadneck and Northeast.

Also on the agenda for the 7 p.m. meeting at South River High School are proposals for additional classroom space at Crofton Middle School and Crofton Elementary School. To ease the crowding, six classrooms will be added to each school at a cost of $577,000. The board will vote on Parham's recommendation to award a construction contract to a Columbia company.

"If there was space in the surrounding schools, students could be moved." said Ralph A. Luther, director of facilities management. "But there really is not any space, so we need these additions."

The board will also vote on $335,000 for a feasibility study to determine what should be done about crowding at county middle and high schools.

Luther said the county has three basic options for relieving crowding: redistricting, small additions such as the ones at Crofton Middle and Crofton Elementary, and building a high school.

"If the firm we hire comes up with some other options that we haven't thought of, they are free to offer them to us," he said.

Other items that will be discussed and voted on are renovations at Meade High School's media center; a feasibility study to determine the best way to expand Davidsonville Elementary School; and improvements to playing fields at Germantown Elementary School and the Phoenix Center in Annapolis.

Pub Date: 3/18/98

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