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BOE Approves $1.73B CIP; Affirms Seneca Valley Revitalization


OKs New Clarksburg Elementary School and Addition to McAuliffe Elementary, Delays Construction of New Northwest School


The long-awaited Seneca Valley High School revitalization and expansion project has been reaffirmed by the Montgomery County Board of Education with the approval of a $1.73 billion six-year Capital Improvements Program (CIP) request for Montgomery County Public Schools at a meeting held Monday night.

The Board’s Fiscal Year 2017–2022 request also includes ten new classroom addition projects — six in elementary schools and four in secondary schools — and a new elementary school in the Clarksburg cluster. The CIP request keeps on schedule many other projects that will add capacity to schools and increases funding for countywide infrastructure projects, including Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning replacement and numerous other infrastructure needs.

In the upcounty Germantown area, the board has said that the Seneca Valley High School revitalization/expansion project will remain on schedule to open in August 2019. The BOE is accelerating by one year the timeline for the project at S. Christa McAuliffe Elementary School in Germantown, which has one of the largest space deficits in the district.

The BOE also voted to delay the construction of a new elementary school in the Northwest cluster for two years to offset increases in other areas.