The two Howard County elementary schools scheduled to open next year will be named Triadelphia Ridge and Gorman Crossing.
The school board approved the names for the new schools in Glenelg and North Laurel at its meeting Tuesday night. Each is expected to cost $7.3 million and have a capacity of 564 students.
The school in Glenelg -- to be called Triadelphia Ridge -- is being built on 78 acres near Triadelphia and Folly Quarter roads. A new middle school is expected to be built next to the elementary and open in 2003.
Triadelphia refers to the mill town near the border of Montgomery and Howard counties that was submerged in 1942 when the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission built Brighton Dam, creating what is now Triadelphia Reservoir.
"The only concern might be that it is hard for elementary students to spell," said board member Stephen Bounds. "But that's challenging. I don't see anything wrong with that."
For the school in North Laurel, the name originally recommended by a school system committee was the name of the road -- Gorman -- near the school's location. The school is being built off Gorman Road near Murray Hill road, next to Murray Hill Middle School, which is scheduled to open this fall.
Gorman Road is named for Arthur P. Gorman, a Woodstock native who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1882 and was one of Maryland's most prominent political leaders after the Civil War.
Because the school will be on Winter Sun Road, a small road just off Gorman Road, the committee settled on Gorman Crossing.
Pub Date: 7/10/97