On Wednesday, the Anne Arundel County Board of Education surprised some people when it went ahead and voted in favor of a concept plan for a new developer-funded elementary school.
The board voted 5-4 to support the concept plan for the Two Rivers school, allowing school staff to begin negotiating a construction agreement with Koch Homes and Classic Communities Corp.
Originally, the Two Rivers school plan was an "information-only" item, and board members had indicated it would only be up for a vote in September, at the earliest.
Some local residents objected to the vote, because some community groups, including the Greater Crofton Council, had not yet been formally briefed on the plan.
Furthermore, the developer and school officials remained in talks with the Forks of the Patuxent Improvement Association about lifting covenant agreements to allow the Two Rivers development to move forward.
Some residents also had asked the board to consider moving the vote to an evening meeting, so that more members of the public could attend.
Board members who supported the school plan said they liked the idea of getting a new elementary school without having to pay for it, and didn't see the need to wait. According to school system staff, the plan will come before the board at least five more times before any construction can begin.
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