Two years after Carroll County Public Schools voted to close North Carroll High, New Windsor Middle and Charles Carroll Elementary schools, the county spent the majority of 2017 grappling with and figuring out what to do with the excess buildings.
North Carroll High School brought some of the biggest changes, and disagreements, in 2017.
The Carroll County Sheriff's Office Training Academy held an open house and a dedication of the C. Richard Weaver Flag Court on Thursday evening at their location in the former North Carroll High School.
The Board of Education pushed back against the move for months, with the two boards drafting letters to one another and the commissioners refusing to meet with the school board after possible litigation was brought up.
The plan commissioners went with involves tearing down the old facility and calls for a new, 12,000-square-foot structure. The building would be one story and would include a 6,800-square-foot gym with bleachers, as well as two multipurpose rooms.
Moser said via email in mid-December that the county was still on schedule for January, and that “some selective demo has been completed.” The department would be asking commissioners to award contract for the demolition in coming weeks, he said.
New Windsor Middle
Carroll County was in talks over selling the former New Windsor Middle School building, though the contract for the sale remains in limbo about year after discussions began.
In June, Commissioner Richard Rothschild, R-District 4, told the Times the county was working to finalize parameters of a workable contract. But as of mid-December, Linda Esterson, a spokeswoman for Springdale Prep, said via email there were “no updates at this time” about the contract.
Because the agreement of purchase and sale was unsigned, it was not provided in the PIA request and no official amount detailing the purchase price was included.
But an email from County Administrator Roberta Windham on March 7 to County Attorney Tim Burke, and Director of Management and Budget Ted Zaleski discussed selling the building for $6 million.