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Using parkland for the newest high school [Letter]

In 1996, Howard County opened Long Reach High school on a site that was a former county park.

The county should now consider redeveloping the south side of Rockburn Park for the 13th high school to open in 2022. The park is already home to Rockburn Elementary School and the site is large enough to expand into a high school campus without affecting the included historic sites. ("School system pushes to pick site for new high school," Oct. 19, Education)

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Redeveloping this existing park would mitigate the environmental concerns attached to the nearby Landing Road site and the Montgomery Road entrance already has the improvements necessary for school traffic.

Locating the 13th high school is a complex task that requires a creative solution and redeveloping a county park is one that has proven to have worked in the past.

Chris Jones

Columbia

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