Bel Air hires new human resources director

The town of Bel Air has hired Michael Krantz as its new director of human resources and administration.

Krantz, who has more than 25 years of experience in the human resources field, replaces Joyce Oliver, who retired last month after 28 years of service with the town.

Krantz's appointment was unanimously approved by the Board of Town Commissioners at Monday's town meeting.

Town Administrator Chris Schlehr, to whom Krantz will report, called the new hire "a very capable candidate."

Krantz said he has worked in retail, industry and other sectors. He lives in Bel Air with his wife, Chandra, and their daughter, Alena, 10, who attended the town meeting Monday.

Krantz said he looks forward to working for the town, noting he'll be much closer to his office, "one traffic light away."

According to Schlehr, Krantz's salary is $81,721 a year. Oliver was making $94,087 at the time of her retirement.

School capacity update

As required by state law, the town commissioners Monday received and approved the semi-annual update of the county's growth report, which details the status of school capacity and other public facilities.

Planning Director Kevin Small said the latest report shows that enrollment at all individual schools serving students living within the Bel Air town limits is well below the state's threshold of 115 percent of capacity.

He also noted that all the county's schools have enrollments below the county's higher standard of 110 percent and only one in the greater Bel Air area, Hickory Elementary, has more students than capacity. Small added, however, that the Hickory attendance area is not inside the town's boundaries.

The county's adequate public facilities law limits the approval of new housing construction in areas served by schools whose enrollment exceeds 110 percent of their capacity, and the town has adopted similar standards.

According to the Harford school system's latest annual enrollment report released last month, Hickory's enrollment is 681 students, 104 percent of its capacity of 655 students. By the 2015-16 school year, Hickory's enrollment is projected to rise to 734 students, or 111 percent of capacity, and then increase to 739 students, or 113 percent capacity, the following year.

This story has been updated from an earlier version with a corrected spelling of Michael Krantz's last name.

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