Parham delays announcement of plan on school crowding

Unveiling switched to June 2 board meeting

May 19, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Superintendent Carol S. Parham has postponed announcing her 20-year plan to handle school crowding until the school board meeting at 10 a.m. June 2 in Annapolis.

Parham had planned to unveil her plan at the board's regular meeting tonight. A spokesman said she needed extra time to finish her response to an independent consultant's report that recommended options for coping with population shifts in middle and high school districts.

The consultant's report, which was presented to the school board in February, said that by 2007, there will be 23,700 high school students, 1,400 more than in 1997. Ten years later, the report said, high school enrollment will decline to 21,800. Middle school enrollment will peak at 19,110 in 2007, then decline to 19,050 in 2017, the consultants said.

After Parham makes her recommendations, the board will hold a public hearing and can propose other solutions before voting on the final plan.

Pub Date: 5/19/99

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