Progress 2015: Counties making plans to add new schools to systems

Warren County and Frederick County plan new schools to ease student crowding, enhance school technology and provide community event spaces.

• Anticipating a fall 2016 opening, the replacement Frederick County Middle School at 441 Linden Drive, Winchester, broke ground last fall and is estimated to cost $49.5 million, including land, design, engineering, site improvement, construction, equipment and furnishings.

The new school will replace the current Frederick County Middle School, built as a junior high in 1965. Almost double in floor space, the school will fit about 900 students in a space of approximately 180,000 square feet.

• Frederick plans a fourth high school in its Capital Improvement Plan for the fall of 2019 and expects to break ground in eastern Frederick County in September of 2016.

Site designs for the school on the campus of Evendale Elementary and Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School include an outdoor learning lab, a small outdoor amphitheater, an athletic complex and practice fields and parking designed to separate traffic from buses, students, faculty and visitors for greater safety. Portions of the site will be retained later for future school use and for a county aquatics center.

• Warren County plans to open a $44.3 million middle school in fall of 2017, with access points to Happy Creek Road, Shenandoah Shores and new roads expected to be completed the previous fall.

An auditorium option included in the design will allow extra cafeteria space and a community entertainment venue. Bids for architectural contractors are expected to begin next month.

All three area schools will offer open designs for technology centers and classrooms situated for greater educational opportunities.

<p id=’reporter_info’>Contact staff writer Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or <a href=’mailto:jkeelor@nvdaily.com’>jkeelor@nvdaily.com</a></p>