School Board Adopts 2018-2023 Capital Improvement Plan

For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
December 6, 2016
540-662-3888 ext. 88235

Appropriation Requested for Top Three Projects to Address Enrollment Growth

The Frederick County School Board has adopted its 2018-2023 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and taken action to seek appropriation from the Board of Supervisors to proceed with its top three priorities- construction of a fourth high school, the Armel Elementary School addition/renovation and construction of the county’s 12th elementary school. According to the CIP, the fourth high school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020. The Armel Elementary addition/renovation and 12th elementary school are both scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.

School Board Chairman John Lamanna says, “The fourth high school, Armel Elementary School addition/renovation and 12th elementary school have each been on the School Board’s CIP for a number of years and are needed to address current overcrowding, future enrollment growth and the need for space to facilitate engaging instruction for our students. We have worked with a variety of stakeholders throughout the design process for the new schools and look forward to working collaboratively with the Board of Supervisors to see these much-needed projects become a reality and serve our community for years to come.”

The estimated total project cost for the fourth high school, which will be built on an 83 acre site adjacent to Evendale Elementary School and Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School, is $91.4 million. The estimated total project cost for the Armel Elementary addition/renovation is $8 million. The estimated cost for the 12th elementary school is $32.4 million. The 12th elementary school will be built on a 20 acre site located adjacent to the Snowden Bridge development in Stephenson. The total project cost includes land purchase, site studies and testing, review fees, surveying, site construction, design, building construction, escalation, furniture, fixtures, equipment, technology, construction management, third party testing, water and sewer connection fees, commissioning, legal and other miscellaneous costs.

Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “A number of our schools, particularly our three high schools, are overcrowded and enrollment growth is an issue we need to address. The fourth high school has been on the CIP for 11 years and the 12th elementary school has been on the plan for 10 years. Moving forward with those two projects as well as the Armel addition/renovation is very important as we work to deal with enrollment growth, provide quality learning environments for our students, realize energy efficiencies and cost savings, and help the community reap the economic benefits of having an outstanding school system. Each project represents an investment in our community’s children and the quality of life enjoyed in Frederick County.”

The other priorities on the CIP include: Robert E. Aylor Middle School addition/renovation, James Wood High School upgrades, Sherando High School parking lot and softball field improvements, Route 522 North super street at Gainesboro campus, Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School phase 2 renovation, Bass-Hoover Elementary School phase 2 renovation and administrative office.

Lamanna says, “Each of the projects on the CIP is important and needs to be addressed over time. Although our immediate focus is on the new high school, Armel addition/renovation and the 12th elementary school, school staff is continuing to develop plans to address the other projects included on the CIP.”

The School Board’s 2018-2023 CIP will be forwarded to the Frederick County Department of Planning and Development for inclusion in the county’s CIP. The Board of Supervisors is expected to make a decision regarding the appropriation requests for the fourth high school, Armel Elementary School addition/renovation and 12th elementary school next month.

Sovine says, “Providing information and engaging the community in conversations about our capital projects remains a priority for the School Board and school staff. We hosted a public information meeting on the 12th elementary school project at Stonewall Elementary School last week. On December 12 at 6 p.m., we will be hosting a public information meeting at Armel Elementary School to discuss the addition/renovation project at that school. The construction of a fourth high school will be the subject of a public information meeting on Wednesday, January 4 at Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School. In addition to holding public information meetings, information about these projects can be found on the school division’s website.” 

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