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June 11, 2007

Remaining portables to be removed

by Pia Nargundkar, Online Editor-in-Chief
This summer the four remaining portables, no longer needed because of Blair's falling population, will be removed, according to MCPS Department of Facilities Management director Dick Hawes. Three portables were already removed in September.

"The student enrollment at [Blair] has declined to the point where it is within the building capacity and portables are no longer justified," Hawes said. The department made the decision with the anticipation that Blair's enrollment will not significantly rise in the future, according to Hawes.

Next year, teachers who taught in the portables will have classrooms inside the building. Social studies teacher David Swaney, who has been teaching in the portables for the past four years, isn't thrilled about the move. "I love the portables. I've got my own kingdom here," he said.

The portables were initially installed before the 2002-2003 school year when Blair's population was around 3,300. Next year, when Northwood High School will accommodate all four grades, Blair's population could drop to as low as 2,650, below capacity for the first time since 1998, according to MCPS demographer Bruce Crispell.



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  • haha love mr. swaney on June 11, 2007 at 8:41 PM
    "I've got my own kingdom here," he said. :) Mr. Swaney, on your behalf, I'm sad to see those portables go...
  • swimmer on June 12, 2007 at 9:27 AM
    oh mr. swaney, how we will all miss your portable.
  • scprint06 on June 12, 2007 at 3:24 PM
    wow blair will be within capacity? never thought i'd see the day.
  • swaney fan! on June 13, 2007 at 11:02 AM
    i loved his coffee! swaney's the man!
  • Blazer on June 13, 2007 at 10:08 PM
    oh man, I was supposed to have class in a portable next year. I was looking forward to that : (
  • lol on June 25, 2007 at 12:45 PM
    i was looking forward to swaneys comp gov class in the ports >|
  • Jon Brookstone on July 5, 2007 at 12:27 AM
    SWANEY RULES!!!!!! You were my favorite teacher, but I'm sure he'll be able to create a new kingdom of wisdom in the 220's hallway. And I hope he keeps the coffee and posters.
  • alumnae3 on July 5, 2007 at 11:32 PM
    ditto 'scprint06'
    blair within capacity? never thought i'd see the day.
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