An article in yesterday's Metro section incorrectly stated the amount of space that the Columbia Technical Institute had asked the Arlington School Board for permission to lease at Reed Elementary School. The institute asked to lease 5,000 square feet.
The Arlington School Board voted 5 to 0 last night not to lease space in the Reed Elementary School building to the Columbia Technical Institute, saying its use by adult technical students would be at odds with the child care programs presently housed there.
The Institute, a technical training facility that teaches drafting, commercial art, air conditioning engineering and electronics, now occupies 8,800 square feet in the Washington-Lee shopping center on S. Wayne Street.
The shopping center is scheduled to be razed this summer and the Institute must find new quarters by the end of July. Officials of the technical school had asked the School Board to lease them about 500 square feet in the Reed building at 1644 N. McKinley Rd. The Institute would have paid $34,900 to rent the space for the first year.
Current tenants in the school, which was closed last June, are the Northern Virginia Child Care Center and the Arlington Community Action Program, a Head Start program. Starting in August, the Early Years Enhancement Service, a private preschool program for handicapped children also will rent space in Reed. Six rooms in the building are now unoccupied.
Superintendent Charles E. Nunley had recommended that the board not lease that space to the technical school, saying use of the building by adults could pose safety risks for the young children there and would prevent future expansion of child care services.
James F. Teets, director of the Columbia Technical Institute, said about 75 adults attend classes at any given time, most of them in the evening. "I don't think it would be any interference at all with what they have" in the school now, he said.
Teets argued that leasing space in Reed would be convenient for many of the technical students, who often hold full-time jobs, because it is near bus and Metro stops.
Teets said he would seek other space in the county for the school, which has been at its present location since 1963.