The following were among items discussed at the Oct. 6 meeting of the Montgomery County Board of Education. For more information, call 279-3617.
WALT WHITMAN HIGH SCHOOL -- The school board, responding to a recommendation by Superintendent Harry Pitt, delayed action on a proposal to raze Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda.
Pitt had originally asked the board to abandon plans to renovate the school and build a new one instead. The proposal has caused some controversy among parents at other aging schools considered in need of repair.
At the meeting, Pitt said that building a new school would cost less than refurbishing the old one. But he advised the board to defer action until more questions about school repairs could be answered.
Pitt, who was assistant principal at Whitman when it opened in 1950, said that while he supports building a new school, he ackowledges that such a project could set an expensive precedent of building new schools instead of updating old ones.
SCHOOL PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION -- Members of the school planning staff, citing a booming housing market, told the board that the school system will need to build more elementary schools or add space to existing ones in almost every area of the county during the next six years.
Phil Rohr, director of facilities planning, reported that the closing of 46 elementary schools in the last 12 years has saved money but has left the county short of classroom space as more young families move into the area.
In a 30-page report presented to the board, school planners predicted the need for more schools because of the influx of new residents to the county and a growing birth rate among all residents.
The report projects that county residents will have more than 10,000 babies each year from 1988 into the early 1990's compared to 1980 when about 7,500 children were born in the county.
School officials estimate that school enrollment will jump from the current 95,000 students to 120,000 students by 1993.
During the six-year period more than 10,000 kindergartners will enroll in county schools each year. About 7,500 kindergartners registered this year.
Officials said they will monitor housing developments to help the county predict where most of the school population growth will occur.
This is the second year the school system has conducted a long-range study of school needs. The board will discuss this report during the next month while preparing its budget requests, which are scheduled to go to the County Council in December.