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MCPS Capital Budget Plans New Elementary School in Clarksburg

With the release last week of Montgomery County Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Jack R. Smith’s recommended Fiscal Year 2018 Capital Budget and Capital Improvements Program (CIP), detailing plans for new school construction and construction additions to MCPS buildings it was revealed that Smith and MCPS have approved a new elementary school be constructed in Clarksburg to be completed by August 2019.

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.

“A new school is approved to open in August 2019 to relieve projected overutilization in the Clarksburg Cluster,” reads the MCPS Clarksburg Cluster master CIP plan. The school known as Clarksburg Village Site #2 is to be constructed on a 9.76-acre tract of land at the intersection of Snowden Farm Parkway and Newcut Road. However, the MCPS does not own the land. According to the Appendix X in the Superintendent’s Recommended FY 2018 Capital Budget, the land is listed under “Master Planned School Sites Titled to Others” and not under “Board of Education Owned Sites.”

According to the report of the Site Selection Advisory Committee for the Clarksburg Village ES #2 which was filed in June of 2014, “The site currently is owned by Clarksburg Village, LLC. The site is relatively flat, having been rough graded by the developer.”