Superintendent Releases Boundary Recommendation for new Clarksburg Elementary School
Earlier this week, Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith released his boundary recommendation for the new Clarksburg elementary school scheduled to open at the beginning of the next school year.
Construction on the new school, which will be located at 22500 Sweetspire Drive in Clarksburg, on the 9.8-acre lot adjacent to the Clarksburg Village Center shopping center. Once completed the school is expected to have a capacity of 741 students in grades K through 5 and will be part of the Clarksburg High School Cluster.
The new school will address the student enrollment growth at schools in the Clarksburg Cluster, primarily due to new home construction in the Arora Hills and Clarksburg Village communities. Revised student enrollment projections indicate that Cedar Grove Elementary School will exceed capacity by 193 students and Wilson Wims Elementary School will exceed capacity by 594 students by the 2024–2025 school year.
In the spring, the Board of Education convened a Boundary Advisory Committee create a number of options for the boundaries which would make up the new school’s population. The Board of Education established the scope of the boundary study to include Cedar Grove and Wilson Wims elementary schools. According to Smith, the Committee provided six options.
Smith’s recommendation for the boundaries of the new school would reassign three neighborhood zones currently assigned to Wilson Wims ES, and reassign two zones currently attending Cedar Grove ES to Wims ES.
The Board of Education will vote on accepting Dr. Smith’s recommendation at a future meeting.
The areas attending the new school, if superintendent’s recommendation is upheld, would run from Ridge Road west to Little Seneca Parkway and the area north of Centerfield Way and Morning Star Drive to Arora Hills Drive, to the 22600 block Winding Woods Way and Dogwood Hills Drive.
The neighborhoods currently assigned to Cedar Grove ES which would be reassigned to Wims ES would include the streets between Skylark Road, and Snowden Farm Parkway to Piedmont Road.
Smith also recommends that the new school open with Grades K–4 in September 2019, and that students currently in fourth grade at Wims and Cedar Grove elementary schools would remain at those schools for the 2019-2020 school year, rather than move to a new school for fifth grade. Beginning with the 2020–2021 school year, the new school would serve Grades K–5.
“I commend the work of the Clarksburg Village Site #2 Elementary School Boundary Advisory Committee,” wrote Smith in his recommendation. “I carefully considered the option evaluations, the position papers submitted by the Cedar Grove PTA and Wilson Wims Elementary School PTA and Asian Pacific American Student Achievement Action Group, as well as input received from the community at large.”