- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Officials from Maryland's education department and Prince George's County are weighing the possibility of moving students and staff out of a school bordering Andrews Air Force Base in the wake of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon two weeks ago.
School system and state education officials have held talks with officials at the base about moving out 626 Francis T. Evans Elementary School students for security reasons, said sources in the county and state education departments.
"We have already examined the possibility of transporting the children off base," said state Superintendent Nancy Grasmick.
Prince George's County schools spokeswoman Athena Ware said that while there were no plans right now to move students out, "if we are asked to move the students, we will."
Evans, located at the southern tip of the base, is "carved out" of the actual area of the base, according to a spokesman for the base. Entry to and from the school does not require passing through the gates of the base, although there is an entrance from inside, he said.
Parents of several of the school's students work at the base.
Deborah Stone, principal of Evans, was not available for comment yesterday. An administration official at the school said she had not heard about an impending move.
At a board meeting Thursday night, county schools Superintendent Iris T. Metts said the school would be moved if needed. She said she has earmarked $100,000 for schools to use for necessary changes in the aftermath of the attacks.
Miss Ware said, however, that Mrs. Metts had met with officials at the base who had said it was not necessary to move the students.
Mrs. Metts also said the school system was ready with a contingency transportation plan to help children who live at the base get to their schools, if the need arose. Children at the base currently attend Skyline, Princeton, James Ryder Randall and Evans elementary schools.
Mrs. Grasmick also said the state education department is considering several security changes at all schools within the state, including tightening access to schools.
After the Sept. 11 attacks, several students in colleges that had centers on Andrews Air Force Base were already due to increased security.
Nearly 1,800 students from Prince George's Community College, the University of Maryland University College and Bowie State University had to be moved indefinitely.

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