School of­fi­cials fi­nal­ize fund­ing for Gilpin Manor El­e­men­tary

Cecil Whig - - & - By JES­SICA IAN­NETTA

jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

— With state and lo­cal fund­ing all but se­cured, school of­fi­cials are mov­ing for­ward with the Gilpin Manor El­e­men­tary School re­place­ment project and hope to break ground on the new build­ing in Au­gust.

Ear­lier this month, County Ex­ec­u­tive Tari Moore al­lo­cated $3.5 mil­lion for the project in her pro­posed fis­cal year 2017 bud­get. The state has also given Ce­cil County Pub­lic Schools a ver­bal com­mit­ment for $3.5 mil­lion and CCPS ex­pects to get that in writ­ing when the next round of fund­ing an­nounce­ments is made, said Perry Wil­lis, CCPS ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for sup­port ser­vices.

“As­sum­ing that comes through, we’ll put it out to bid in the spring,” he said.

On Mon­day night, the Ce­cil County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion ap­proved the con­struc­tion doc­u­ments for the new school that the sys­tem will use when it puts the project out to bid. De­pend­ing on fac­tors such as the weather and con­trac­tor avail­abil­ity, CCPS hopes to break ground on

ELK­TON

the project in Au­gust, Wil­lis said.

The new school will be built in be­tween the cur­rent school and Elk­ton Cen­tral Li­brary, on the land that is cur­rently used for ath­letic fields. The old Gilpin Manor, which was built in 1948, will even­tu­ally be torn down to make way for new ath­letic fields.

The de­sign also in­cludes about 100 park­ing spots for the Elk­ton Cen­tral Li­brary to use in over­flow sit­u­a­tions and a path that will stretch from the li­brary, past Gilpin Manor and down to Elk­ton Mid­dle School, cre­at­ing a cam­pus area along Route 279.

Other po­ten­tial fea­tures of the new space in­clude the abil­ity to project movies onto the side of the build­ings so the com­mu­nity could gather to watch movies out­side dur­ing the sum­mer, and an out­door read­ing gar­den.

The new two-story school will also be able to ac­com­mo­date more stu­dents with its ca­pac­ity ex­pected to rise from 416 stu­dents in the cur­rent build­ing to 556 stu­dents in the new build­ing.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CCPS

An ar­chi­tec­tural ren­der­ing shows the side of the new Gilpin Manor El­e­men­tary School, in­clud­ing the path that will stretch from the school to Elk­ton Mid­dle School and the Elk­ton li­brary.

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