Event marks start of work on schools

June 08, 2008|By Mary Gail Hare

Harford County officials broke ground, at least ceremonially, last week on the $82 million Edgewood High School and the $29 million Deerfield Elementary School on the campus that the two buildings share with Edgewood Middle School.

Both projects are set for completion for the opening of the 2010 school year.

"This ceremony was much more than ceremonial shovels in the ground," said Councilman Dion F. Guthrie, whose district includes Edgewood. "There was heavy equipment operating in the background as the ceremony went off."

The high school is under construction on the former stadium grounds and will replace the sprawling one-story building, which dates to 1954.

Just as they are doing at Bel Air High during construction, students will remain in the current building until the new three-story school opens, officials said. Then the old building will be razed, making space for new athletic fields.

Larissa Santos, principal of Edgewood High, said the school's rich history and traditions will continue.

During the ceremony, she praised the new building's design, state-of-the-art technology and fully equipped classrooms, according to a news release from the Board of Education.

The new elementary, which will include a day-care facility for staff at all three schools, will be erected behind the current building, which opened in 1963.

The county is funding much of the initial costs, hoping for state reimbursement for at least a portion of the projects in the future.

"The county's costs are about $111 million for these two schools," Guthrie said. "So far, the state is putting $9 million into both."

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