July 02, 2006

THE ISSUE: -- School enrollment projections for 2009 show only one elementary or middle school crowded beyond the 115 percent threshold in Howard County's Adequate Public Facilities Law, thanks to two new elementary schools due to open before then. It is an improvement over five years ago, when projections showed 16 overcrowded schools. Do you think Howard's school-crowding problem is solved? If not, what should the county do?

Problem solved? Absolutely not

Absolutely not! According to your recent June 16 article "Zoning approved for mixed development on the site of a mobile home park" 1,000 new residential units were approved without any mention of land set aside on the property for a new school. Where will these children go?

Large mixed-use developments should include schools.

Cathi Higgins

Ellicott City

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