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Carroll County School Board has a full agenda for its monthly meeting on Wednesday – Baltimore Sun

Carroll County School Board has a full agenda for its monthly meeting on Wednesday – Baltimore Sun

The Carroll County School Board has a busy agenda for its Wednesday meeting.

School board will vote on plans to increase preschool and kindergarten capacity at four elementary schools; and will consider a measure to ask Westminster to annex Cranberry Station elementary schools and Winters Mill high schools, according to the published agenda.

The board is also expected to discuss a policy update that would prohibit speakers from speaking about individual students during the public participation portion of board meetings, and will review the timeline for ongoing construction at East Middle School.

School board meetings are open to the public and streamed live on the Carroll County Public Schools YouTube channel and viewable on the right side of the school board website at carrollk12.org/board-of-education/ meeting-information, under CETV Livestream. The meetings are also broadcast throughout the month on Carroll Educational Television, Channel 21.

Anyone wishing to participate in the public participation portion of school board meetings must complete an online registration form at https://www.carrollk12.org/board-of-education/meeting-information or call communications office at 410. -751-3020 before 9 p.m. on the Tuesday before a meeting.

Basic additions

The board will vote on plans to add kindergarten and pre-kindergarten classes at Cranberry Station, Friendship Valley, Sandymount and Taneytown elementary schools. Each school’s design plan will be considered individually.

Superintendent Cynthia McCabe told school board members in November that estimated construction costs are expected to be higher than those approved in September as part of the school system’s capital budget request to the county. The increases are due to differences in how costs are estimated and increased square footage for each addition, school facilities planner William Caine told the school board in November. In light of these increases, administrators identified areas where costs could be reduced.

The estimated cost of the Friendship Valley project was reduced by $1 million to approximately $8.8 million by eliminating 2,041 square feet from the project.

The cost of the Sandymount project was reduced from $6 million to approximately $5.6 million by removing 1,193 square feet from the project.

The estimated cost of the Taneytown project was reduced from $4.4 million to approximately $4.1 million by eliminating 809 square feet from the project.

The projected cost of the Cranberry Station project was reduced from $3.7 million to approximately $3.5 million by eliminating 789 square feet from the project.

Application for Annexation of Winters Mill High and Cranberry Station Elementary School

To meet the water needs of the kindergarten and pre-kindergarten additions at Cranberry Station Elementary School, the council will vote on a measure asking City of Westminster officials to annex approximately 56 acres of property, which includes both Winters Mill Elementary and Middle School. The request is necessitated by the city’s water and sewer allocation policy, according to the agenda item.

The property, located at 505 N. Center St., in Westminster, is contiguous and abuts the city limits and annexation would not create an area of ​​unincorporated land surrounded on all sides by city land.

The Westminster Common Council in February approved a request to annex property within 2 miles of the schools, so Crosscreek Enterprises LLC could use city water and sewer to develop a building at 411 Malcolm Drive for retail purposes. The 1,560 square foot building is located on a 0.69 acre lot.

Westminster also successfully annexed the historic Ellsworth Cemetery on Leidy Road last summer.

Discussion with public participation

The school board will once again reconsider its policies governing public participation in meetings. The proposed update would prohibit members of the public from identifying individual students in cases brought before the school board.

Last month, parents spoke at a school board meeting, calling on authorities to take action over reported attacks on students at Manchester Elementary School by a classmate.

The school board last updated its public participation policy in November 2022, voting unanimously to limit the number of public speakers at meetings to a maximum of 15. The policy states that each of the 15 Speakers will have three minutes to address the council and leave the door. open to additional speakers if the board allows it.

The discussion item will be open to public comment before being returned to the school board at a later date for a vote, according to the agenda item.

Construction at East Middle School

The school board will also hear an update regarding ongoing construction work at the site of the new East Middle School in Westminster, which was originally scheduled to be completed but was delayed due to the unexpected discovery of a rock mass which had to be removed first. the project could continue.

Construction of the bus loop is expected to be completed by the end of the month, according to the agenda item, and a walking path around the school’s lower grounds is now complete. The original plan called for the bus loop to be completed by the end of last year.

A modification order to allocate $600,000 in additional funds to address the rock removal issue was unanimously approved by the school board in December. The contract change order approved by the school board cannot exceed $600,000, although it may cost less.

The rock’s existence was unknown when the school board approved the $65.9 million construction project to replace the 85-year-old building used as East Middle School on Longwell Avenue. Separately, construction was completed on schedule and just under budget, CCPS construction supervisor James Marks told the school board in December.

The new three-story, 126,000-square-foot school building opened in September for a population of 790 students. Construction of the school’s bus loop and parking lot was not completed when the school opened and construction was delayed due to the rock problem.

The old school building measured 120,400 square feet and was built in 1936. It served 35 years as Westminster High School, then nearly 50 years as a middle school, until it closed in June. Additions were built in 1941, 1950, and 1964, and the last renovation took place in 1976. The school system began construction on the East Middle School replacement project in November 2021.