The Capital Projects for FY 2015 were approved Thurs. by the Commissioners.
Approval was granted on Thursday by the Frederick County Commissioners for the Board of Education's fiscal year 2015 Capital Projects.
These 15 projects which cost $15.6-million will be sent off to the Interagency Committee on School Construction (IAC) for possible state funding.
"Our top two priorities are repayment of funds to the county government for projects that were forward funded in the past," says Ray Barnes, the School System's Executive Director of Facilities Services. "These include the Linganore High project, and the North Frederick Elementary School project." A groundbreaking was held on a new North Frederick Elementary School earlier this year.
Barnes says the Board of Ed is also asking for planning approval for a proposed west Frederick City elementary school to be located on the Hargett Farm Property along Butterfly Lane. "And we expect this will make dramatic improvements to the overcrowding circumstances we have Hillcrest Elementary School," he says.
Other projects on the list are mostly routine maintenance, such as the replacement of the boilers at Yellow Springs and Valley Elementary Schools, and roof replacements at Liberty and New Market Elementary Schools, and Brunswick Middle School.
Barnes was asked about what is being done to address overcrowding at Waverly Elementary. He said there are plans to build an addition to that school. "I think what we do is that when we get into the design of the new school on the Hargett Farm, we'll go through a redistricting process, and we'll look to what extend we can address the overcrowding at Waverly in addition to the Hillcrest situation, and then make a decision to how quickly we need that addition to Waverly," he said.
The vote to send the list off to the IAC was unanimous.