Construction prompts late start for 7 Arundel schools

While most open Monday, they'll have two extra days

August 26, 2005|By Liz F. Kay | Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF

Students at seven Anne Arundel County public schools will enjoy a little extra summer vacation while teachers unpack after construction prompted a number of moves, school facilities officials said.

Most of the school system's elementary, middle and high schools will open Monday. However, teachers will get two extra days to set up their classrooms at:

Arundel High School in Gambrills;

George Cromwell Elementary in the Ferndale area;

Ferndale Early Childhood Center, which will open at George Cromwell;

Mayo Elementary in Annapolis;

Meade Heights Elementary, which will be housed at Seven Oaks Elementary near Fort Meade;

Harman Elementary, which will open this year at Meade Heights on Fort Meade;

Tracey's Elementary, which will open at Lothian's Southern Middle School.

Contractors began installing an air-conditioning system at Arundel High School over the summer, but seven power outages caused delays, said Alex L. Szachnowicz, the school system's director of facilities, planning and construction. The project should be completed by the next school year. George Cromwell Elementary will host children from the Ferndale Early Childhood Center while its building is renovated and expanded for two years.

Harman Elementary School moves to Meade Heights Elementary for two years while Harman is rebuilt; the Meade Heights community will switch for two years to Seven Oaks Elementary School, which opens for classes for the first time this year.

Tracey's Elementary School will hold classes for two years at Southern Middle School in Lothian during renovation and expansion at the elementary school.

Mayo Elementary will reopen this year in its newly constructed building after a temporary stay at Annapolis Middle School.

The teachers' contract allows four workdays before the school year begins for professional development, instructional meetings and other activities, Szachnowicz said. Students at the seven schools also left school one day early to allow teachers to pack up.

However, each school still offers the required 180 days of instruction, Szachnowicz said.

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