County school board OKs memorial to principal who died in car accident

Conference room, field named for Winfield leader

May 13, 1999|By Melody Simmons | Melody Simmons,SUN STAFF

A year and a day after Winfield Elementary School Principal J. Raymond Mathias was killed in a car accident, the Carroll County school board approved last night a memorial to the beloved administrator.

With no discussion, the county Board of Education voted to name a conference room and part of the school's athletic field in honor of the 52-year-old educator, who was killed in the accident May 11 last year near Route 26 and Woodbine Road, about a half-mile from the school.

Before his death, Mathias had been principal of Winfield Elementary for 18 years.

Last year, the Winfield Elementary PTA launched an effort that included a petition drive to rename the school in honor of Mathias. That request was rejected after administrators said the board hadn't named schools after individuals in decades.

In other action last night, the board voted to delay seeking new bids for renovations to Sykesville Middle School's media center, slated to open in August 2000.

The low bidder, Craft Construction Inc., is $100,000 above what the county budgeted for the work. Board member Susan Krebs asked the board to push the county commissioners for additional funds to cover the shortfall so the project is not delayed by going through rebidding.

Yesterday, Gov. Parris N. Glendening awarded $592,000 in state funds for the Sykesville Middle media center work as part of an $8.3 million package for Carroll's school building efforts next year.

Krebs said she was concerned that rebidding might jeopardize the state funds.

"We're so close. The money is in place, and we need to make sure we're not reinventing the wheel here," she said. "We need to work with what we have."

Pub Date: 5/13/99

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