County news in the daily Washington Post, July 28-Aug 3
College May Lose Campus
The years-long journey to find a permanent home for its Annapolis campus seemed finally to be over for Sojourner-Douglass College as it celebrated the grand opening of its $2.5 million Edgewater building south of the city.
But just days later, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals issued a ruling that threatens to undo the project, potentially forcing the college to tear down the building. A three-member panel said the building violated a restrictive covenant requiring the property to remain undeveloped except for "educational facilities in conjunction with the Anne Arundel County Board of Education."
Special-Ed Imbalance Targeted
Blacks make up one-fifth of the public school student population in both Montgomery and Anne Arundel counties, but they make up two-fifths of the group labeled mentally retarded. The two school systems are among five that face state sanctions because they steer too many struggling black students into special education. The students' problems, in a number of cases, could be addressed in regular classrooms, according to federal education officials.
Annapolis Bids on Horse Park
The plan to build a state-run horse park in Maryland has drawn a host of interested county and city governments. Annapolis and Frederick County joined four rural counties in submitting proposals for the park, according to Maryland Stadium Authority officials, who will help choose a plan to submit to the General Assembly next year.
Annapolis has proposed using a 1,032-acre site bisected by Interstate 97 in Crownsville, cobbling together parts of the closed, state-owned Crownsville Hospital Center, the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, the Eisenhower Golf Course and the city's own Waterworks property.