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Board OKs design for a new Pangborn Elementary

June 22, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN

The Washington County Board of Education approved design plans for a new 84,000-square-foot Pangborn Elementary School building during a Tuesday meeting.

The plans unanimously were approved by the board. Board Member Paul W. Bailey was absent from the meeting.

Construction to the new building is expected to begin in spring 2007, and the school is scheduled to open in fall 2008, said Boyd Michael III, executive director of secondary education.

The new building will sit on the same 21.4-acre site on Pangborn Boulevard in Hagerstown that the current building now is located. It will completely replace the existing 50,650-square-foot building, which will be demolished upon completion of the new elementary school.

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"Students will remain in the old building until we complete (construction) on the new building," Michael said.

The building will have a capacity of 745 students - 265 students more than the existing building's capacity, said Rob Rollins, the senior project manager. The existing building has capacity for 480 students, and had 583 students, according to Pangborn's most recent enrollment data, he said.

In 2008, when the new Pangborn building opens, Rollins said 593 students are expected to be enrolled there.

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade will be enrolled, and the building will include five classrooms per grade, Michael said. Two pre-kindergarten classrooms also will be included, along with rooms for art, music and special education. A gymnasium also was included in the plans approved Tuesday.

The estimated construction cost is $18.7 million, according to documents provided to the board.

"I think it's going to be a beautiful building," Michael said. "I think the community will be very pleased with the design of the building."

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