Maugansville school designs get the nod

November 02, 2005|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

When Roxanne Ober, a school board member, saw proposed designs Tuesday for a new Maugansville Elementary School, she saw four small squares illustrating where future portable classrooms could be placed.

"That's depressing," said Ober, a Washington County Board of Education member.

Presenters said portables hopefully would not be built on the site, but they were included in the plans.

The Board unanimously approved the design development documents Tuesday for the school, which will be built adjacent to the existing school along Maugans Avenue.

Board members said they were concerned about possible traffic flow problems, especially while parents are dropping off and picking up children. The plans include only one way for vehicles and buses to get in and out of the school.


There is a road included in the maps that is to be used only for maintenance and delivery truck access.

"I just don't want another Bester (Elementary School)," said board member Jacqueline Fischer, referring to traffic issues at the Hagerstown school.

The plan includes two proposed soccer fields, one ball field and three play areas.

The two-story school building has capacity for 735 students and will include two classrooms for children to attend half-day, pre-kindergarten classes.

The first floor will include pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first-grade and second-grade classrooms. Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms will be on the second floor.

The media center, music and art classrooms, the gymnasium and cafeteria will be on the first floor. A computer lab, music classroom and a science lab will be built on the second floor, according to maps provided by Bushey Feight Morin Architects Inc.

The school will use water from Hagerstown, but there is no agreement in place that would grant the proposed school access to the water, officials said Tuesday.

Board members raised concerns during Tuesday's meeting that Hagerstown might not be able to grant access to its water and sewer system because of the impact of recent annexations.

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