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Montgomery County is experiencing lots of growth and the increased population is creating a demand for new schools.  The first comprehensive capital improvements plan has just been released by Superintendent Jack Smith since he took the helm of the Montgomery County schools last year. It seeks to create new space for all these students and the plan encompasses both new and existing projects, at a cost $74 million higher than the district's previous plan.

Gaithersburg would get a new high school in Crown Farm — and an old high school in the North Bethesda area would reopen — under a sweeping construction plan unveiled by Montgomery County's schools superintendent.

The Gaithersburg high school is one of 30 projects to be built to address the record enrollment in Montgomery County. It will be built on a 32 acre site in Crown which was donated by the City of Gaithersburg and the Crown Developers to the Montgomery County Public Schools.

Montgomery's enrollment surged to 161,936 students this year, a jump of 2,926 students from the previous year, preliminary figures show. It reflects a trend a decade in the making: Since 2007-2008, Montgomery has added more than 24,000 students.

The new high school in Gaithersburg would open on a 30-acre site in the Crown community, while Charles W. Woodward High School would open anew on Old Georgetown Road, where students now attend Tilden Middle School. Tilden would relocate to a new site it will share with Rock Terrace School on Tilden Lane.

Two elementary schools would be built in the Clarksburg area and another in Rockville. More than two dozen schools would get classroom additions, including a major expansion and upgrade at Northwood High School that would increase its capacity by 1,200 students.

Superintendent Jack R. Smith said the six-year plan required difficult choices, seeking to balance funding limitations with the imperatives of enrollment growth. Despite the $1.8 billion price tag, it "does not meet all the need," he acknowledged. "And that's kind of mind-boggling, frankly, but it's true."

The growing student population in Montgomery County at first drove pressures for more space largely at the elementary level but more recently has hit middle and high schools, as large groups of students get older and move to higher grades.

School planners have said the increase is partly driven by birthrate trends and an influx of families with school-age children.

District officials say Montgomery has lacked money to keep pace with demand. Even with funding, the design and construction of a school takes at least four years, officials said.

School board member Patricia O'Neill said the growth has left the system facing choices that inevitably leave many families disappointed. The new plan is "a stab at it," she said, "but it doesn't meet everyone's needs." To do that, she added, "we need to win the lottery."

Smith's plan, outlined at a board meeting Monday night, will be discussed at a school board work session Nov. 2, with public hearings to follow, on Nov. 6 and Nov. 8. A second board work session is Nov. 14, with a board vote expected Nov. 27.





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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is great information to share with area residents and prospective home buyers.

Oct 30, 2019 07:53 AM #1
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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And I am hoping that the school board does win the lottery.  Education is SO important. A

Oct 30, 2019 08:00 AM #2
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I hope that the changes being made will ensure that each and every child receives a quality education!

Oct 30, 2019 09:47 AM #3
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good afternoon Lise Howe - wow lots of growth.  Yes, I hope the school board wins the lottery too.

Oct 30, 2019 10:10 AM #4
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Hello Lise Howe,  Good to know about a new high school being built, not sure about opening a old high school.


Oct 30, 2019 10:30 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
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Addition of schools and redistricting of school assignments is always an issue here, Lise, fraught with much controversy.

Oct 30, 2019 11:46 AM #6
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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Morning Lise.

74 million higher than the original cost, WOW must be a hefty price-tag

Oct 31, 2019 02:16 AM #7
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lise, as areas grow, municipalities need to review and plan for additional schools.   Sounds like Montgomery CO. is on top of it! 

Nov 01, 2019 12:31 PM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday evening, Lise.

Have a very special weekend.

Nov 01, 2019 05:14 PM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comment on my recent post. It is always good to hear from you.

Nov 04, 2019 07:14 AM #10
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi there Lise. With growth comes the need for more services - and schools are at the top of the list.  Glad to see Montgomery County is responding quickly. 

Nov 04, 2019 08:16 AM #11
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Good Morning, Lise! Like Flower Mound, TX, Montgomery County is growing rapidly and impacting school districts. We are no longer allowed to tell or advertise which schools are for our listings because tomorrow they may have a different school. Isn't it crazy!

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