Howard officials accept school site
The Howard County board of education has officially accepted the 20.2-acre site on the Northeast Route 1 corridor in Hanover to build a school, officials said on Tuesday. The Oxford Square property can serve as a site for either an elementary school or a middle school, officials said.
The acquisition culminates efforts to secure land to build a new school in the Northeast portion of the county, efforts that have been hampered by, among other things, concerns about proximity to an MBTA station and concerns over a proposed CSX rail cargo transfer station.
In October, the board officially approved the property as the site for new middle school, but staff is considering whether to request the board’s approval to use the site as an elementary school.
Ken Roey, Howard County executive director of facilities, planning and management said, “The Oxford Square site is one of the best suited for construction the school system has had in recent memory in terms of level and stable soil structure, utility hook ups and accessibility to major road networks and the school system is taking the necessary steps to make immediate use of this property.”