School year opens with new principals and new facilities

More than 700 teachers added by county

Education Beat

News from Anne Arundel County schools and colleges

August 28, 2005|By Liz F. Kay

Classes begin at many of Anne Arundel County's public schools tomorrow with new principals and new facilities.

New full-day kindergarten programs, which are being phased in across the county, will start at 19 elementary schools.

The school system installed 21 portable classrooms to accommodate that program, as well as 17 to relieve crowded schools and 10 for the International Baccalaureate program.

School system officials have also hired 736 new teachers for more than 74,000 students in the county's 120 schools. More than 20 new principals will be at the helm.

Two privately run charter schools also will open this fall: KIPP Harbor Academy, at the new Sojourner-Douglas College campus in Edgewater, tomorrow; and Chesapeake Science Point, which will open Sept. 6 in Hanover.

Of public schools, two new buildings will open their doors: Seven Oaks Elementary School near Fort Meade and Mayo Elementary School in Annapolis.

Mayo Elementary will reopen in its new building after years of holding classes at Annapolis Middle School during construction of a replacement.

Children at Mayo and Seven Oaks elementary schools, as well as five others affected by construction, will return Wednesday:

Children at Tracey's Elementary will attend classes at Southern Middle School during construction at their school.

Harman Elementary will move to the new Meade Heights Elementary building while Harman is demolished and replaced, and Meade Heights will move to the new Seven Oaks Elementary School.

Ferndale Early Childhood Center will move to George Cromwell Elementary School during construction at Ferndale.

Arundel High School also begins classes Wednesday because of air-conditioning work.

All county students will be off Labor Day, Sept. 5.

For further information on the first day of classes, go to www.aacps.org.

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