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Site being eyed for Westfields school

January 11, 2006|By KAREN HANNA

A 13.62-acre site near Sharpsburg Pike will be reviewed as the possible location of the new Westfields Elementary School.

The Washington County Board of Education approved applying for state approval of the site at its meeting Tuesday night.

The school, which is scheduled to open in time for the 2007-08 school year, would be about 1.5 miles south of the intersection of Interstate 70 and Md. 65, according to information provided in the application.

The 84,900-square-foot school will accommodate 735 students in grades pre-kindergarten through five, according to the report.

An environmental assessment form included with the application indicates school construction on the agricultural site would require a grading plan and would change the flow of storm water or reduce the absorption capacity of the ground. The project also would affect traffic flow and volume, though a note at the end of the assessment asserts that "elementary schools have relatively little impact on traffic patterns within the subdivision," and the design will be compliant with state and county regulations.

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