WASHINGTON, DC, November 8, 2013 — Students, teachers, and parents in Montgomery County have complained for years about the long wait for renovations or updates to their schools. Now, with Superintendent Joshua P. Starr releasing recommendations that would move newer schools ahead of older schools in the long line for renovations, the anger is boiling over.
While local news outlets have looked at each complaint separately, when collected together they give a shocking picture about the fight to get to the top of the line.
In Olney, William H. Farquhar Middle School and Belmont Elementary School are two construction projects that could be pushed farther behind schedule if Starr’s recommendations are approved. William H. Farquhar Middle School is the oldest middle school in the county.
Elsewhere in Montgomery County, Poolesville High School, which has been waiting for renovations since 2001, could also face construction delays because of Starr’s recommendations. The school last had renovations in 1978 and could potentially have to wait two more years for construction to begin. Renovations would then finish in 2024.
Summit Hall Elementary is another school that may have to wait an extra year for renovations. While a year may not seem that long, the school already hosts 603 students in a building meant for 459.
Montgomery County has seen a surge of young scholars, with 14,000 new students in the past six years.
Residents will be able to voice concerns during two public hearings on Nov 11 and Nov 14 in front of the county school board. The board will vote on Starr’s recommendations on Nov 18, before sending them to the County Council.
The Gazette provided information for this report.
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