School officials finalize funding for Gilpin Manor Elementary
— 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
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.
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.