Board OKs transfers from 2 high schools Action to be effective next year for crowded North County, Arundel

March 19, 1998|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

Students at crowded North County and Arundel Senior high schools will be allowed to transfer to other schools next year under a plan approved by the county school board last night.

The freedom to choose another high school that is less than 90 percent full was prompted by crowding at the two high schools. Next year, North County will be 180 students over capacity and Arundel, 240.

After a short discussion, the board voted 5-2 to allow the transfers that were recommended by Superintendent Carol S. Parham.

Board President Carlesa R. Finney and board member Mike McNelly voted against the transfers.

"I am voting against this only because of the school choice issue," McNelly said. "I think there is a possibility of legal challenge."

Andrew Davis, a senior at Broadneck High School -- one of the schools students would be allowed to transfer to -- said he opposed the plan because his school is 86 percent full with about 1,700 students. Next year, the school is expected to be 88 percent full, he said.

"It's a measure that will have a long-term effect on the school and will hurt the athletic department, because it will could cause coaches to recruit players," Davis said.

Students also will be allowed to transfer to Severna Park, Annapolis, Meade, South River and Chesapeake high schools.

In other business, the board voted to pay for construction and remodeling at Crofton Middle School and Crofton Elementary School.

School board members received a standing ovation from about three dozen parents when they approved Parham's recommendation to build a two-story elementary school in Davidsonville. The current elementary school is crowded and needs repairs.

"This new building is not a luxury that we want for our children," said Tricia Johnson, the Davidsonville PTA president. "The new building is needed to replace the inadequate facility that our children have been attending for years. We have the students, parents and teachers that mesh together to solve problems and create an incredible school. The one thing we can't fix is our small building. You can help us do that."

Pub Date: 3/19/98

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