Three elementary schools scheduled for 2008 openings

May 24, 2006|by KAREN HANNA


With concerns about potential cost overruns slowing construction, Maugansville Elementary School will open at the same time as two other new schools, an administrator said Tuesday.

Washington County Public Schools could use the extra seats at Maugansville, Pangborn and Westfields elementary schools to redistrict students when the schools open in fall 2008, Boyd Michael told the Board of Education during an update on new facilities.

Bushey Feight Morin Architects Inc. of Hagerstown is preparing changes meant to avoid spending $2 million to $3 million over budget on the Maugansville school, which originally was scheduled to open in 2007, Michael said.


The school system is working with the firm on a new agreement that compensates for additional work on Maugansville designs, Michael told the board.

"Suggestions have been made as to how to bring this building within budget," Michael said. Some of the recommendations include narrowing hallways and making some rooms smaller, he said.

As part of an administrative reshuffling announced last week, Michael, who has served as executive director of secondary education, officially becomes the system's assistant superintendent for school operations July 1.

Michael and Rob Rollins, senior project manager in the facilities department, said the school system also is preparing to appeal to the state's Interagency Committee on School Construction to show why it has decided to replace Pangborn Boulevard Elementary School.

If the state, which has based its contribution on renovating the school instead of replacing it, agrees with arguments in favor of a new building, the school system could secure funding of $400,000 more toward the project, Rollins said Tuesday.

Replacing the school would save money and cause students and teachers less disruption, Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said.

According to information provided to the board, the three new elementary schools each would provide capacity for about 735 students and cost $21 million to $22 million.

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