Arundel board asks officials to study how school system utilizes its facilities

December 02, 2004|By Liz F. Kay | Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel school board members want facilities officials to examine how the system uses its schools and other buildings and how that might change in the future.

Such a report would show "how we can best utilize facilities we currently have within the system," Vice President Konrad M. Wayson said at the board's meeting yesterday.

Staff members would decide whether to conduct the study internally or hire an outside consultant to examine demographic patterns, such as age and population shifts; building conditions and the locations of programs in schools, maintenance and training facilities and offices.

Proposals for redistricting or other changes gathered from the study would be considered for future years, Wayson said. At the meeting, Superintendent Eric J. Smith recommended that no schools be redistricted for next school year.

But two board members asked school planning staff to research several possible redistricting options, to be presented at a future meeting.

Tricia Johnson asked about the impact of moving children within about a four-mile stretch of Dogwood Road between Woodland and Brookwood roads in Pasadena, from Old Mill High School to Severna Park High.

Paul G. Rudolph suggested that children from Belvedere Elementary School should be funneled to Severna Park High instead of Broadneck High, which is crowded.

Rudolph also asked whether other elementary schools that feed into Arundel High could be shuffled to South River High and Southern High to avoid a $12 million addition to Arundel, which already has more than 2,000 students.

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