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County school projects remain on target

September 03, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Despite recent rainfall, three new school construction projects are on schedule, according to Washington County Public Schools officials.

"Rain ... it always slows things down," said Rob Rollins, director of facilities planning and development. "But we had such a dry summer that we've been able to stay on schedule. It hasn't caused any delay."

A new Rockland Woods Elementary School in the Westfields housing development south of Hagerstown, and replacement schools for Maugansville and Pangborn elementary schools are expected to open in 2008.

Rollins said the exteriors of Rockland Woods and Maugansville are both more than halfway complete.

"Those two schools are at the same point in construction," he said. "All of our contractors are doing a really good job. Everyone is working well to get things done."

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Work to Pangborn Elementary started a few weeks after those projects, and Rollins said it is on schedule.

The goal is to complete the exteriors of all three schools before winter so workers can focus on interior work during colder months.

"Get the walls up and roof on, so we can start doing the interior before winter," Rollins said. "So you can put heat in there and do drywall and finishes."

Rockland Woods Elementary will be an 84,900-square-foot school with room for 750 students in prekindergarten through fifth grade, officials have said.

The new Pangborn Elementary School is expected to hold nearly 750 students. The existing school has about 640 students - 159 more than its state-rated capacity.

A new Maugansville Elementary School is expected to hold about 735 students. The school's current enrollment is about 355 students - 37 more than its state-rated capacity.

Officials have said redistricting will be necessary to relieve overcrowding in some schools and to fill the new schools. The Washington County Board of Education is considering a redistricting plan and has scheduled a Sept. 25 public hearing on the issue.




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The issue: A new Rockland Woods Elementary School and two larger replacement elementary schools for Maugansville and Pangborn are being built in Washington County. All three are expected to open in 2008.

What's new: Washington County Public Schools officials say the exteriors of two of the schools are more than half complete, and all three projects are on schedule.

What's next: Officials say the exteriors of the schools should be completed by winter, so workers can focus on the interiors.

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