Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

May 21, 2004

New elementary in Mount Airy to have own principal

When Parr's Ridge Elementary opens in Mount Airy in August next year, it will have its own principal, schools Superintendent Charles I. Ecker said yesterday.

The $14.5 million building, the county's 14th new school in 15 years, will first house children in kindergarten through second grade. Older students will remain at Mount Airy Elementary.

The opinions of parents, PTA members and school staff led Ecker to scrap a proposal that would have had one principal manage both elementary schools. Each school needs a principal to provide continuous leadership and administration, Ecker said.

Master plan for airport to study expansion options

County officials will ask consultants to detail all expansion options in the new master plan for the Carroll County Regional Airport, including an extended runway.

"We want to proceed with the broader scope," Steven Powell, the county commissioners' chief of staff, said yesterday. "We will go into the master plan process with all options on the table."

The Federal Aviation Administration will pay nearly all of the expected $250,000 cost of the plan, which has not been updated since 1986.

The planning process will also include input from the city of Westminster and from the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Company, a volunteer company that would be first responder in a crisis at the airport on Route 97.

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