Arundel school board OKs plans for new Severna Park High

February 02, 2011|By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education approved plans Wednesday to construct a new Severna Park High School, a $99 million replacement building that would be 38,000 square feet larger than the current facility and would take less than four years to complete.

School officials say the proposal mirrors one from Superintendent Kevin Maxwell and a planning committee of school and community members. The board requested $3.58 million for the coming fiscal year to design the school, officials said.

Severna Park High, which was built in 1959 and renovated in 1973 and 1982, is located along Robinson Road. The new facility would be built along Benfield Road, where the school's stadium is located, and the stadium would be replaced along Robinson Road, officials said.

"I'm pleased with what's happening with Severna Park," said school board member Deborah Ritchie. "It's long overdue, and I'm excited about the new building going up."

The new building would be more than 333,000 square feet. School officials said the plan would cost about $5 million less than a second one that would have preserved the current stadium.

"This is an excellent opportunity for us to continue to provide excellent facilities for our students," said school board member Eugene Peterson. "We have the will of the county to do this."

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