Plan For Montgomery Co. Schools Includes Addition of Hundreds of Classrooms

CBS DC

SILVER SPRING, Md. (CBSDC) — Montgomery County Public Schools are “bursting at the seams.”

That was the message Superintendent Joshua P. Starr delivered while announcing his $1.55 billion construction plan Monday.

In the past six years, the school system has grown by 14,000 students, mostly in its elementary schools, Starr said. Enrollment is expected to grow by an additional 11,000 students by 2020. Many schools are already at capacity.

Starr recommends 14 new classroom addition projects and the construction of five new schools.

In order to stretch the limited funding, Starr also recommends that 20 revitalization and expansion projects within the county be delayed.

The cost of Starr’s proposal is $1.55 billion, though he says the financial need for additional facilities, improved infrastructure, and technology is actually more like $2.2 billion. He says he hopes to get some additional funding from the state.

Starr’s recommendations will be reviewed by the…

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