The proposed new Havre de Grace Middle/High School replacement facility will be the focus Monday as the Harford County Board of Education plans an early evening work session followed by a business meeting and vote on educational specifications for the $87 million project. The Board’s business meeting agenda also includes approval of promotions and appointments recommended by Superintendent Barbara Canavan.
Proposed educational specifications for a combined facility to replace both Havre de Grace High School and Havre de Grace Middle School were first made public on July 21st. Board approval of the specifications are a necessary step in the planning process leading up to a request for state and local funding. However, Board members questioned elements of the proposed educational specifications, which were crafted by a committee of school officials, design professionals and community members.
Specifically, Board members questioned the size and expense of the facility, particularly in light of flat enrollment projections for the attendance area. The proposed 240,000 sq. ft. replacement facility will be designed for 1,300 students, with core areas sized to allow for enrollment growth to 1,600 students, according to the proposed specifications. Currently, combined enrollment for the middle and high school is fewer than 1,200 students, according to school officials.
Some Board members also questioned the choice of a magnet program in Information Technology Computer Science for the high school, and requested a work session for further review of the overall specifications.
A 55-minute work session is set for 5:00 p.m. Monday in the A.A. Roberty Building in Bel Air. The work session is open to the public, with a public comment period planned for 5:05 p.m.
Following the Monday work session, the Board plans a business meeting at 6:30 p.m., with a public comment period set for 6:50 p.m.
Following public comment, the Board plans to vote on the proposed educational specifications. The only other business on the August 4th agenda is approval of promotions and appointments recommended by Superintendent Canavan, and announced at the meeting by Jean Mantegna, assistant superintendent for human resources.
The business meeting is set to conclude with a report from Superintendent Canavan.
The published meeting agenda for August 4th appears below. Please note that published agendas are subject to change.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Board Work Session – 5:00 PM – Board Room
Board Open Session – 5:55 PM – Board Room
Board Closed Session – 6:00 PM – Board Executive Conference Room
Board Business Meeting – 6:30 PM – Board Room
*Times are approximate
Call to Order: Board President
– Quorum Roll Call
– Adoption of Agenda
– Pledge of Allegiance
6:35 PM Board Committee Reports and Comments
6:50 PM Public Comment
7:00 PM A. Decision on Appointments and Promotions, Mrs. Jean Mantegna (Goal 3)
7:10 PM B. Decision on Havre de Grace Middle/High Replacement School Educational Specifications, Mr. Joe Licata, Mr. Cornell Brown, Mr. Joe Schmitz, Mr. Rob Limpert, Mr. Chris Morton, Ms. Ariana Langord, Ms. Sue Garrett (Goal 4)
8:10 PM Future Meetings Review