Septic hurdle halted Glenelg High expansion


The Howard County school board decided last week not to add to Glenelg High School because no adjacent land was available to permit the school's septic system to be expanded.

The board has been considering plans to increase the capacity of Glenelg High -- and of many of the county's other high schools -- to either 1,400 or 1,600 students.

"The amount of property does not support a new septic system," said school board chairwoman Susan Cook. "We would have to purchase some adjoining property, and the property owners are not willing to sell."

"Because of the limitations of the septic field, we were not able to increase the school's capacity."

Built in 1958, Glenelg's official capacity is 941 students. About 1,100 students attend.

Architectural reports presented to the board last week estimated that expanding the school's capacity to 1,400 students would cost $5.2 million. Expanding the capacity to 1,600 would cost about $6.1 million. Plans had called for the school to be renovated and expanded by August 1999.

The school board will continue evaluating plans to expand Centennial and Howard high schools. Cost estimates on expanding Atholton, Mount Hebron and Oakland Mills high schools are to be presented at a later board meeting.

Police log

Lisbon: 1500 block of Florence Road: A VCR, a handgun, a pellet pistol and jewelry were stolen after someone opened a home's exterior door and broke the glass of an interior door to enter Friday or Saturday, police said.

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