1993 Rockburn Elementary opens. Just as the dust settled from the new Elkridge Elementary just a couple of miles west Rockburn opens. Some School systems might not have built two new Elementary Schools in the same area just one year apart from one another. Howard County must have a lot invested in Elkridge.
1996 Long Reach High Opens. Although located in Columbia, its district was and still is consisted of half of Elkridge which provided relief for Howard High which prior to 1996 was the sole High School that served Elkirdge.
1999 Bonnie Branch Middle is built. It won't open for another two years because it will function as a holding School for Ellicott Mills whose building was being torn down and rebuilt during that time.
2000 Although no construction projects took place it should be noted that Rockburn received relief through redistricting. A part of its district was sent to Waterloo while part of Waterloo was split between Phelps Luck and Jeffers Hill.
2001 Ilchester Elementary receives a classroom addition.
2002 Howard begins a muti year modernization project that includes a full renovation to the existing building, partial demolition of dated parts, and new additions. When completed Howard High will be almost unrecognizable.
2004 Rockburn receives a large classroom addition.
2005 Howard High's multi year Modernization continues with demolitions in both the western and eastern sides of the building.
2006 Howard High's multi year Modernization is completed.
2007 Rockburn receives a Kindergarten Addition
2008 Deep Run &Ilchester each receive Kindegarten Additions.
2009 Bellows Spring receives a Kindergarten Addition, Elkridge ES receives a major Addition that includes a two story classroom wing, a larger Cafeteria with more windows, renovating Grade 1-5 classrooms into Kindergarten classrooms, renovating a classroom into a Teacher Workroom, an addition of a Parks & Rec Room which allowed for the existing one to be renovated into additional Music & Art rooms as well as a new Entrance canopy. Waterloo also received a top to bottom renovation in 2009.
2011 Bellows Spring receives a major addition that includes a new 2nd Gym, a new Administration Suite, the renovation of the old Admin Suite into new Music & Art Rooms, a 100 seat classroom addition, and a larger Cafeteria.
2012 Elkridge ES receives new HVAC and a partial roof replacement. Burleigh Manor Middle a school in Ellicott City that also opened in 1992 was denied funding for a new roof in order to pay for this project.
2013 ES#41 is slated to open. Residents of Ducketts Lane have complained non stop about the construction traffic in their Neighborhood despite the fact that they will have a new school in less than a year. The original site for ES#41 was supposed to be Oxford Square but Residents retaliated and the County purchased a new site while the Oxford Square site was donated. Keep in mind that this new School was funded in the deepest throws of the recession and that renovations at Longfellow, an addition at Running Brook, and a new roof at Harpers Choice Middle were all deferred in order to pay for this School. How many Counties in this great nation of ours can say that they're building a brand new School during this tough economic times?
2014 The Oxford Square site won't go to waste because it has been selected for MS#20. I could not disagree more with this site being used for a Middle School (or any School) for a variety of reasons which I will discuss in a dedicated post.
2016 Deep Run will undergo a major renovation/addition.
2018 Elkridge ES will undergo a major renovation.
2019 Mayfield Woods will undergo a major renovation
Now there is one thing missing when it comes to School Construction in Elkridge; A High School located in Elkridge proper. I do agree that a 13th High School is needed and Elkridge is where it should be. However it won't be needed until about 2020. Until then Long Reach will open to have students from the Crowded Howard High redistricted there. The County in the mean time should bank a site in Elkirdge that's large enough for a High School. My preference is within the Troy Hill Park and proposed Tennis Center which other Elkridge Residents appear to support as well.
Now I don't disagree for one minute that Elkridge has grown immensely in the past 25 years and there appears to be no end in sight to it. I also agree that every new School, renovation, addition, and modernization that took place in Elkridge had precedence. Massive growth is going on all throughout Howard County and Central Maryland as a whole. If one were to venture out of Elkridge and into poorer Counties that have gone through similar growth Elkridge would probably gain some perspective that Howard County is not ignoring Elkridge and that it has gotten its fair shake and then some. You just got schooled Elkridge.