The Star Democrat

Dorchester approves first phase of school facilities plan

- BY MIKE DETMER mdetmer@chespub.com

CAMBRIDGE — The Dorchester County Council approved the first phase of a plan from Dorchester County Public Schools at its meeting Tuesday, Nov. 2, in Cambridge.

DCPS officials presented the 10-year capital improvemen­t plan, including immediate requests and possibilit­ies for addressing aging schools in the county.

The council voted on the immediate needs, including new roofs for Choptank Elementary School and Maple Elementary School and new HVAC systems for South.

A post from the Secretary,

Maryland Facebook page relating to the second and third phases generated strong reactions from community members and hundreds of shares.

The post described anticipate­d changes to school alignment of elementary schools in the county, including closures and consolidat­ion in Cambridge and northern Dorchester.

Dorchester Superinten­dent of Schools Dave Bromwell released a statement Wednesday, Nov. 10, including a statement on the post and the capital improvemen­t plan.

“The Board of Education has made no decision to close any school, and there has been no decision to build any new schools,” Bromwell said. “Decisions regarding the future of individual schools are years away, and when they are made, they will be made with the full involvemen­t of the community.”

Bromwell said school closures and consolidat­ion into new facilities were included in the 10year plan in concept only and any changes would require comprehens­ive community input and feasibilit­y studies.

District 4 County Councilman Lenny Pfeffer said that while the multi-year conceptual plan was

presented to the county council, no approval or budget was made for the three phases.

“I look forward to hearing

more about the plan and listening to the direction my constituen­ts want me to take,” Pfeffer said.

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PHOTO BY MIKE DETMER Dorchester County Board of Education
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DAVID BROMWELL

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