Officials break ground on Gilpin Manor Elementary
— Officials broke ground on the new Gilpin Manor Elementary School project on Tuesday morning, the first completely new school built in the county since 1991.
Construction is expected to start next week and finish by December 2018. The contract for the $19.2 million project was awarded to Mullan Contracting Company, based in Lutherville, the same company that renovated the Cecil County School of Technology on Appleton Road.
The new school will be built between the current school and the 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 new school will have one bus dropoff and two parent drop- off areas and keep the same three entrances off Route 279 as the current building.
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.
Principal Kecia Nesmith, school board president Dawn Branch, county executive Tari Moore and Superintendent D’Ette Devine break ground on the new Gilpin Manor Elementary School as other officials look on.