Students head back to school in Frederick

WINCHESTER – Some Frederick County middle schoolers will be starting their new school year in a brand new school when they walk into class this morning.

The new Frederick County Middle School building, located next to Gainesboro Elementary School on North Frederick Pike in Winchester, is replacing the school’s old building on Linden Drive starting this year. The school will be able to accommodate 900 students, almost 200 more than at the previous location.

The district has estimated that 13,117 total students will be enrolled during the 2016-2017 school year. At a School Board meeting Tuesday, John Linaburg, executive director of human resources, reported that the district still has 11 professional vacancies, one administration vacancy and 13 support staff vacancies yet to fill. Still, he said each classroom with an unfilled teaching position will have a substitute working on the first day.

Superintendent David Sovine said at the meeting that he’s expecting a “smooth opening day” and said school administration will be hoping to visit all the schools within the week.

County high school classrooms will join third through eighth grades this year in providing each student a Chromebook to use. The district will also begin using a new online system titled Parent/Student 360 to relay information to students and their families.

Frederick County Public Schools’ calendar has a total of seven weather make-up dates built in the new school year, and the last day of school will depend on how many days students will need to make up. Winter break will last from Dec. 22 to Jan. 2, and spring break will occur from April 14 to 18. A full year schedule can be viewed on the district’s website.

Bus routes can be found using an online tool at http://tiny.cc/kxp1dy.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com