A new study urges school construction

Replacing elementary, adding to others possible

Education Beat

News from Howard County schools and colleges

July 17, 2005|By Hanah Cho | Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF

A new feasibility study evaluating the Howard County school system's long-term redistricting and capital needs is calling for several construction projects to meet enrollment increases.

The Board of Education learned last week that the school system might need to build a replacement for West Friendship Elementary School in 2010 and additions at Centennial Lane, Bryant Woods, Running Brook and Elkridge elementary schools.

The feasibility study is the first step in the school system's revamped process to link future capital needs with redistricting proposals.

The school system will use the study to guide the latest round of redistricting with the opening of a Dayton elementary school next year and to establish boundary line proposals with a northeastern elementary school scheduled to open in 2007.

Backpack mail

The school board approved a policy establishing who will have access to the school system's "backpack" mail distribution system.

After years of sending home in student backpacks hundreds of fliers from numerous organizations - except for material that proselytizes - the school system was forced to rethink its service because of a continuing legal challenge in Montgomery County.

The school board voted, 3-2, to limit the organizations that can use this service to the Howard County school system, governmental agencies, including the Columbia Association, parent-teacher organizations, school-affiliated booster clubs and nonprofit youth sports leagues.

Board member Mary Kay Sigaty said including youth sports leagues while excluding nonprofit art and theater groups would be unfair. Diane Mikulis also voted against the measure.

New appointments

The school board also approved administrative appointments at its meeting:

Marion Miller, principal of Bellows Spring Elementary School, to administrative director of elementary schools.

Jacqueline Conarton, principal at Ilchester Elementary School, to director of professional development.

Jacqueline Klamerus, assistant principal at Deep Run Elementary School, to principal of Bellow Springs Elementary.

Sean Martin, assistant principal at Swansfield Elementary, to principal of Bryant Woods Elementary.

Bridget Darden, teacher at Hammond Elementary, to assistant principal of Deep Run.

Lisa Ciarapica, teacher at Swansfield Elementary, to assistant principal at the school.

Carol Hahn, teacher at Triadelphia Ridge Elementary, to assistant principal at Manor Woods Elementary.

Pam Akers, assistant principal at Phelps Luck Elementary, to principal of Phelps Luck.

Michelle Leader, teacher at Hollifield Station Elementary, to assistant principal at Phelps Luck.

John Morningstar, principal at Phelps Luck Elementary, was transferred to head Ilchester Elementary.

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