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MCPS Capital Budget Keeps Seneca Valley’s Reconstruction on Track & Plans addition to McAuliffe

Late last week, Montgomery County Public Schools released the Fiscal Year 2018 Capital Budget and Capital Improvements Program (CIP), detailing plans for new school construction and construction additions to MCPS buildings.

The Recommended FY 2018 Capital Budget and Amendments to the FY 2017–2022 Capital Improvements Program that was submitted to the Board of Education on Oct. 27. It maintains the level of funding for the six years that was approved in the adopted CIP. The County Council’s adopted FY 2017 Capital Budget and FY 2017–2022 CIP for MCPS totaled $1.729 billion.

The proposed plan keeps reconstruction/revitalization of Seneca Valley High School on track to begin construction in the summer of 2017, with a completion date for the building scheduled for August of 2019. Construction of the entire site; including football, baseball, softball fields, as well as the track, and tennis courts is programmed to be completed in August of 2020.

The new school will increase the student capacity at Seneca Valley. The new school will have a capacity of 2,400 seats; there will be approximately 1,000 seats available to accommodate students from Clarksburg and Northwest high schools when the project is complete.

The plan also calls for a classroom addition for S. Christa McAuliffe Elementary School in Germantown with a completion date of August 2019. According to the CIP report, McAuliffe Elementary, which located at 12500 Wisteria Drive in Germantown, currently has an enrollment of capacity of 531 and has a actual current enrollment of 596, which is 65 students over capacity. The school is expected to be over enrollment by 113 next year.

The classroom addition will increase the capacity of the school by 231, bring the total capacity to 762 students.

In September, the Board of Education appointed the Baltimore-based firm of Hord Coplan Macht, Inc. to provide professional and technical services during the design and construction phases for the school’s addition project.