Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

April 15, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Hampstead council OKs abandonment of elementary school

The Hampstead Town Council voted Tuesday to give developers ownership of the old elementary school, which will be converted into a $10 million senior housing project.

In approving abandonment of the 5-acre Main Street property, the town now can take steps to subdivide the land and transfer the school and its parking lot to the development team by next month, said town manager Ken Decker.

The town's planning commission had given preliminary approval to the project, he said.

Groundbreaking for the complex of 84 one- and two-bedroom units is set for spring, with construction expected to take about 18 months. A development team, which includes Landex Corp. of Baltimore and Interfaith Housing Alliance in Frederick, has been working with the town for several years to build affordable senior housing.

Carroll high schools ready for math, science contest

Teams of ninth-graders from six Carroll County high schools will meet tomorrow for the first time in the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) competition. The winner will head to the state championship next week.

Students will be asked to solve problems that require applied engineering, such as creating windmills, a multipurpose vehicle or an airplane. Students also will compete in public speaking, said Brad Yohe, the county schools science supervisor.

Judges, including local school staff members and outside engineers, will watch teams of up to 15 students compete in six areas from 9 a.m. to noon at Westminster High School, he said.

Schools with fewer than 15 students on their teams may compete in fewer events.

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