Help wanted picking name for school


Although everyone calls it Oklahoma Road Middle School, the school yet to be built on that street still is officially nameless.

The community is invited to submit names for the school, which XTC will be built on Oklahoma Road just off Route 26 in Eldersburg. Suggestions should be sent by 4 p.m. on Dec. 8 to Superintendent R. Edward Shilling, 55 N. Court St., Westminster, Md. 21157.

Mr. Shilling will send the suggested names to the school's construction committee. The committee will pick three names and give them to Mr. Shilling, who will choose one to submit to the Board of Education for approval.

Preference will be given to names with geographic or historical significance to the area, Mr. Shilling said.

The middle school, which South Carroll parents have persisted to get, is intended to ease crowding at Sykesville Middle School. It could open by September 1996 if state approval and money comes through, as local officials hope.

The school is expected to cost $10 million. The project won't be advertised for bids until next spring.

A design for the school was approved yesterday by the county school board.

In related business yesterday, the board voted to return to the county property on Mineral Hill Road in South Carroll. The county had bought the land as a possible school site, but the location has been a problem, said Vernon Smith, director of school support services.

The board voted to give the land back to the county and ask that any money obtained from its sale would be used to buy more favorable school locations.

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