Of­fi­cials break ground on Gilpin Manor Ele­men­tary

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JES­SICA IANNETTA

ELKTON

jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IANNETTA

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.

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