New elementary school in Carroll holds open house Eldersburg facility is largest in county

August 03, 1998|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF

From choosing the color of the carpet in the media center to designing the school stationery, Nancy Chapin has been immersed in the details of opening Linton Springs Elementary since she became the school's first principal five months ago.

From a construction standpoint, the school is nearly complete. But for Chapin and other administrators and support staff who have been putting in long hours readying Linton Springs for its Aug. 24 opening, their efforts paid off with last week's open house.

The Eldersburg school opened to the public for the first time, and more than 600 Linton Springs students and their parents streamed through to get a glimpse of the neighborhood school.

"We have been waiting for this day," said Rita Sisk, who was first in the door with her daughters, Meghan, 12, and Carrie, 7, who will be a second-grader at Linton Springs.

"Every day it's, 'How many days till we get to come and see it?' " Sisk said. "We drive by and have been watching the progress."

The empty halls at Linton Springs filled quickly at the open house as children tested the blue lockers and looked for classrooms, and parents asked teachers when class lists would be ready.

"It brought personality to the building," Chapin said after the event. "Now it's like a living, breathing school."

When the $8.5 million Linton Springs opens, it will be Carroll County's largest elementary school, with a 750-pupil capacity. The school will have five classes each of first, second and third grades and six each of fourth and fifth grades. About 100 students are enrolled in four kindergarten classes.

Rob Rollins, Linton Springs project manager, said the Board of County Commissioners wanted the school to be large enough to accommodate an influx of students in south Carroll.

"It has five or six extra classrooms to take on the growth in that area," he said.

Parents in south Carroll have been eagerly awaiting the opening of Linton Springs to relieve school crowding in the county's most populous region. The school prompted a redistricting of students in the four other elementary schools in the region to balance enrollments.

Rollins said the opening of Linton Springs allowed school officials to move 10 portable classrooms from elementary schools in south Carroll to high schools.

Ten-year-old Kristy Witten will attend Linton Springs from Eldersburg Elementary, where she spent four years in a portable classroom.

Kristy was full of praise for her school after a stroll through the building with her parents.

Pub Date: 8/03/98

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