Community Meeting Scheduled For New Urbana Elementary School
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Frederick County Public Schools invites everyone interested in the planned new Urbana-area elementary school to a meeting on Tuesday, September 17 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Urbana Public Library’s Natelli Community Room. On the agenda are discussions about grade-level configurations for the new school as well as attendance-area options.
Some of the early decisions the Board of Education will need to make are whether to build the new school to serve grades PreK-5 or whether to pair the new school with the existing Urbana Elementary. If paired, it is likely that the existing Urbana Elementary would serve grades PreK-2, and the new schools would serve grades 3-5.
The new Urbana-area elementary school has a projected August 2017 opening date and will be located within the new Urbana North MXD on the west side of MD 355. The existing Urbana Elementary is scheduled for renovations in Frederick County’s FY2014-19 Capital Improvement Program with a projected completion date of fall 2020. Most of the student population is concentrated in the Urbana PUD/Town Center area.
There are three new developments proposed for the Urbana Elementary attendance area along with the remainder of the Urbana PUD, with a potential for generating about 280-300 additional elementary students. Although there has been no new development proposed for the Centerville Elementary attendance area, about 350 students in the Centerville attendance area will likely move to help reduce overcrowding at that school, regardless of whether the schools are in a paired configuration.
The Board of Education is slated to make a decision regarding the grade-level configuration at its meeting Wednesday, October 9. Throughout the school planning process, FCPS will engage the community via meetings, surveys, Facebook, Twitter and FindOutFirst messages as well as print documents, a dedicated webpage at www.fcps.org/UrbanaAreaSchools and email address UrbanaAreaSchools@fcps.org. FCPS expects to launch the first survey very soon.