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New Washington County schools on schedule

November 06, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY ? Three new elementary schools being built in Washington County are on schedule and expected to open on time, school system officials said Tuesday.

Construction has been ongoing at sites for a new Rockland Woods Elementary School and two replacement schools for Maugansville and Pangborn elementary schools since April.

"This is quite an undertaking to open three new schools for next fall," said Boyd Michael, assistant superintendent for school operations.

Rockland Woods Elementary School is south of Hagerstown off of Sharpsburg Pike in the Westfields housing development. Officials have said the school will hold 745 students in prekindergarten through fifth grade. About $23 million has been budgeted for the school.

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Robert Rollins, director of facilities planning and development, said that site work at the school is about 85 percent complete. Nearly all of the structural steel is in place, and 55 percent of the roof is complete.

About 35 percent of the electrical work is done.

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

Michael said Tuesday that he believes the exteriors of the buildings will be done in about five weeks.

Work at Pangborn Elementary also remains on target, and Rollins said that site work at the $23 million facility is about 60 percent complete. The school will hold 745 students in prekindergarten through fifth grade.

Structural steel at the site is 85 percent complete, Rollins said Tuesday, and the roof is 20 percent complete. Electrical and mechanical work each are about 15 percent complete.

Work to Maugansville Elementary began about the same time as Pangborn, and Rollins said that the site work is about 43 percent complete. The $21 million school will hold about 735 students in prekindergarten through fifth grade.

Structural steel at the Maugansville site is about 91 percent complete, and the roof is about 35 percent finished. About 13 percent of the school's electrical work is done.

Michael said that the school system will soon be working on a fourth school, the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. Officials will break ground Nov. 13 at the downtown Hagerstown arts school.

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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 Fall 2008.

What's new: Washington County Public Schools officials say that all three projects are on schedule.

What's next: Officials say that the exteriors of the structures should be complete in about five weeks, so workers can focus on the interiors.

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