Daily staff report
Frederick County Public Schools has acquired a site for the planned replacement of the Frederick County Middle School.
The School Board paid $709,860 for 33 acres of land just west of Gainesboro Elementary School, adjacent to five acres already owned by the division, according to a press release issued Thursday. The purchase -- approximately $21,510 per acre -- consisted of four properties, one of which includes a house.
A replacement middle school has been in the plans for years. Frederick County Middle School, built in 1965, needs modernization to address aging infrastructure and an obsolete building design that challenges instruction, according to the release. Rather than renovate the facility, school officials deemed a replacement more cost-effective.
The board's 2014-2019 Capital Improvement Plan calls for the construction of the replacement school to begin in the spring of 2014. The school would open in the fall of 2016.
The school board chose the site for its central location in the current Frederick County Middle School attendance zone. The site's topography shouldn't pose challenges in construction and location would create a campus with Gainesboro Elementary School, officials have said.