Equity Project to be subject of meeting tomorrow

Neighbors

June 21, 1998|By Cynthia Kammann | Cynthia Kammann,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE NORTH County Coalition will meet at 6: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Hilltop Elementary School to address the status of the final phase of the North County Equity Project -- converting the old Brooklyn Park High School building into a middle school structure.

The coalition will also address the effect that North County High School crowding has on curriculum. The coalition met weekly for more than two months last fall to identify ways to alleviate crowding at the high school. Recommendations were submitted, in the form of a final report, to Carol S. Parham, the superintendent of schools. She supported the coalition's suggestions. All interested residents are invited to attend tomorrow night.

The coalition, made up of people working to support North County schools, has met intermittently for more than a decade. Some residents, including Rita Lowman and Donna Schramek, have been involved from the beginning.

Lowman joined the effort because of her children. She remains involved, but she says it is now for the sake of her grandchildren.

For those who want to understand what the Equity Project is about -- as I did two years ago, when my son started kindergarten -- some basic information follows.

The North County feeder system is structured differently than other feeder systems in Anne Arundel County. The nine elementary schools in the system are Belle Grove, Brooklyn Park, George T. Cromwell, Ferndale, Hilltop, Linthicum, Overlook, North Glen and Park. In the feeder system, students in grades one through six attend elementary school; seventh- and eighth-graders attend the old Andover High School facility, recently renovated as a middle school. Students in grades nine through 12 go to North County High School.

In all other feeder systems in the county, sixth-graders attend middle school. Since the North County feeder system's second middle school is not completed, the Andover facility serves the entire feeder system as a middle school and is named Lindale-Brooklyn Park Middle Schools because it is temporarily housing the seventh- and eighth-graders of two middle schools -- Lindale (short for Linthicum and Ferndale) and Brooklyn Park.

Differences between the curricula of sixth-grade students in elementary schools and sixth-graders in middle schools will be discussed at the meeting.

You can get more information by calling Hilltop Elementary School at 410-222-6409.

Sign up for soccer

Summer has barely started, but it's time to sign up for Fall Ball if you're 5 through 14 years old and you want to play soccer this fall. Practice begins in August, and Opening Day is Sept. 12.

The Linthicum-Ferndale Youth Athletic Association soccer sign-ups continue through June and part of July. During June, you can sign up from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

You can also register from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 6 through 10. Registration fees are $40 for one child; $55 for two children; $65 for three children; and $75 for four children. A $10 late fee will be charged for registering after July 10.

For more information, call the field house at 410-859-5550, or call Lisa and Tim Young at 410-255-4771.

Pub Date: 6/21/98

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