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School system considers buying Carrs Mill bridge to aid in redistricting [25 years ago]

From The Aegis dated Dec. 22, 1988:

The Harford County public school system was considering 25 years ago this week buying a bridge on Carrs Mill Road, for $1, that would help it with redistricting.


The old steel, single-lane bridge over Winters Run - which buses were not allowed to cross because of its weight limit - was set to be replaced a year earlier, but construction was held up because it was on the protected list of the Maryland Historical Trust as a historically significant span.

The board of education had been looking for years for a way to relieve overcrowding in the Bel Air elementary schools - Forest Hill, Hickory, Prospect Mill, Homestead/Wakefield and Bel Air - as well as Bel Air and Southampton Middle schools. Students couldn't be sent to the Fallston Middle/High combination school, where there was ample space, because of the weight limit.


Buying the old bridge would allow the new one to be built and create a need for a larger middle school at Fallston, which had just been approved for construction as a separate building, and at the same time allow for redistricting to send some Bel Air area students to Fallston-area schools.

More than 50 people applied 25 years ago this week to be the new president of Harford Community College.

President Alfred C. O'Connell announced his retirement at the beginning of the academic year.

The applications included several women and a number of minorities, according to an HCC trustee.

"What is very interesting to me is that several of the people applying here are already presidents of community colleges, and that speaks well for Harford that why would be interested in making what amounts to a lateral move," Leland Sanborn, the trustees' board vice chairman and head of the committee sorting through the applicants.

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