Gaithersburg City Officials Plan to Make New School a ‘Win-Win’ for Residents

The Gaithersburg City Council voted unanimously Monday night to begin negotiations for building a new elementary school on Kelley Park. The council’s decision comes amid backlash from some residents who say the park should remain untouched.

Building a new elementary school on the city-owned land has sparked a heated debate among community members, but Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman said the city council’s vote only allows MCPS officials to conduct a feasibility analysis on park grounds.

“Our goal would be to work with MCPS to make it as much of a win-win as possible,” Ashman said. “There are some elements of a school at Kelley Park that could actually improve the area […] but we also know that we have this great amenity and want to preserve as much of it as possible.”

Hear more about the city’s plans moving forward in the video below:

Location for New Elementary School Sparks Debate Among Gaithersburg Residents


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Mitti Hicks

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Mitti Hicks is a multimedia journalist and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She is passionate about telling stories that impact our community and may be reached at and on Twitter @mittimegan.


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