Montgomery County Public Schools is the largest and fastest-growing school district in the state and in the nation, according to the MCPS annual report to the community.
In the last decade, MCPS has added more than 15,000 seats to accommodate enrollment increases, and is still working to add more spaces for students, the report said.
The report was first presented to the Board of Education on Feb. 10 and was tweeted out to the public on Wednesday. The report compiles a host of data, including SAT scores, demographic information, as well as capital improvements made in the 2018-2019 school year.
In the 2018-2019 school year, MCPS completed 126,777 square feet of new school construction, including three capital projects which were completed before the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.
These projects included the construction of one new school – Snowden Farm Elementary School– a three year project that cost a little over $32 million, according to Board of Education documents.
Two other projects were completed – major additions to Ashburton Elementary School and S. Christa McAuliffe Elementary School, according to the report.
Additions to Ashburton Elementary School expanded the school’s capacity to 770 students, and added four classrooms, a dual purpose room, and expanded the multipurpose room. The cost of the addition was $5,062,000, according to Board of Education documents.
The S. Christa McAuliffe Elementary School addition project added ten classrooms to the school, increasing the school’s capacity to 740 students. The project cost $8.4 million, according to Board of Education documents.
Seven additional capital projects are underway as well, according to the report. Construction of additions are ongoing at Thomas W. Pyle Middle School and Takoma Park Middle School. Five revitalization projects are also ongoing at Luxmanor Elementary School, Maryvale Elementary School, Potomac Elementary School, Seneca Valley High School, and Tilden Middle School.
Planning is underway for 12 capital projects: construction of two new schools, one reopening projects, six projects to add additions to existing schools, and three expansion projects.