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School Board Approves Preliminary Plans for New Seneca Valley High School

By Kevin O’Rourke

The new Seneca Valley High School took a big step toward becoming a reality on Tuesday when the Montgomery County Board of Education has approved the preliminary plans for the revitalization and reconstruction of Seneca Valley High School.

The long awaited project move closer to being a reality as the BOE unanimously approved the plans for the new school building.

The preliminary plans approved on Tuesday for the Seneca Valley High School revitalization/expansion project were developed based on the educational specifications prepared by MCPS. Through a series of public meetings, several design alternatives were developed and evaluated. The proposed plans presented herein were reviewed and subsequently modified in accordance with recommendations and suggestions received during the schematic design meetings.

The advisory process had a members of Seneca Valley’s staff and administration, as well as parents, neighbors and members of the MCPS Central Office.

The Preliminary Plans brochure prepared by Moseley Architects says, “Based on the condition of the existing facility and the cost to bring the school into compliance with code requirements, the most cost effective solution is to construct a replacement facility adjacent to the existing school. The capacity of the school will increase from 1,374 students to 2,423 students with a core capacity for 2,400 students. The increased capacity to Seneca Valley High School provides the opportunity to address projected overutilization of nearby Clarksburg and Northwest high schools through student reassignments in the future.”