Glenelg High addition ready to proceed

December 17, 2006|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,sun reporter

The most frequent request Howard County Executive Ken Ulman received before and during his first budget hearing last week was to keep the long-planned but oft-delayed 401-seat addition to Glenelg High School on track.

Ulman got a lot of e-mails on the Glenelg project, which has been held up for years because of wastewater disposal problems in the western county, where public water and sewer lines do not reach.

At the hearing Wednesday night, Di Zou, a Glenelg graduate and freshman at the University of Maryland who unsuccessfully ran for county school board this fall, told the executive that Glenelg has a capacity of 931 students but now holds 1,202.

In addition, Glenelg has "the least science labs of any [Howard County] school," Zou told Ulman. The addition will change that, along with the disagreeable smell of sewage Zou said he used to smell outside the building.

Another speaker, Johnnie Nussbaum, pointed out that parts of the building are not accessible to handicapped students.

Eileen Stoner of Mount Airy sent an e-mail in all capital letters that typified the sentiments Ulman received electronically. It said:

"THE PARENTS AND ESPECIALLY THE STAFF OF GLENELG HAVE GONE THROUGH QUITE ENOUGH TO GET THIS FAR ... PLEASE DON'T TAKE ANYTHING AWAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!"

The school board has final say over school construction projects, but school superintendent Sydney L. Cousin said the Glenelg community need fear not - this time.

"We recently received the building permit for the addition, and expect to have a permit for the wastewater treatment facility any day. A year from now, the addition will be in place. That project will be completed," he said.larry.carson@baltsun.com

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