School reopening to relieve crowding

Next September's reopening of the renovated Lutherville Elementary School will provide much-needed relief at four overcrowded schools in the middle of Baltimore County.

About 450 students from Lutherville-Timonium, Riderwood and Pinewood elementary schools will be moved into the new Lutherville school district, according to a boundary proposal presented to the county school board last night.


Those changes will allow 60 students from the severely overcrowded Pot Spring Elementary School to be moved into the Lutherville-Timonium school, said James Kraft, the school system's planning manager.

The Lutherville changes will include the following schools:


* 243 students now attending Lutherville-Timonium, who live between York Road and Interstate 83 and from Timonium Road south to Joppa Road. The western boundary jogs from I-83, east along the Beltway to Charles and then south to Joppa. This area made up most of the old Lutherville district before the school closed nearly 10 years ago.

* 151 students now attending Riderwood, who live north of West Seminary Road, south of Timonium Road, west of I-83 and east of Mays Chapel.

* 57 students now attending Pinewood, who live in the southeast corner of the present Pinewood school district, below Timonium Road.

These moves would bring Lutherville-Timonium and Riderwood below capacity and would put Pinewood about 30 students over its capacity of 472.

The 60 students who will move from Pot Spring to Lutherville-Timonium will come from two different areas of that district, one at the far west and the other at the far east. The students who walk to Pot Spring will stay in that school, Mr. Kraft said.

This move will not alleviate the overcrowding at Pot Spring, which is about 200 students over capacity.

"We have other plans for Pot Spring," said Mr. Kraft, explaining that the new Jacksonville Elementary School, opening in September 1994, will take students from Pot Spring.

Lutherville Elementary, in the 1700 block of York Road, closed in 1983, when school enrollments dropped. When the school opens in September, it will have 15 classrooms, plus two kindergartens and two special education rooms, Mr. Kraft said.


Maps of the proposed changes are posted in the affected schools. Public hearings will be held Dec. 2 and Jan. 5 at Loch Raven Senior High School. The school board will vote on the boundary changes in January or February.