School board votes to reconstruct dated elementary school

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An elementary school in Frederick County, Maryland is due for an update- and the board of education voted on whether that would include a renovation or a complete reconstruction.

Board members voted unanimously Wednesday night to move forward with the demolition of Liberty Elementary School and the creation of a new school.

The decision comes after the release of a feasibility study on the school that dates back to 1927.

The study recommended the school be replaced, but still presented a total of four options which included plans for renovations and additions.

Officials say the winning option will take 15-18 months to complete and will make for a smoother transition.

“We can build the building on-site, leave the students in the existing building, and then move those students to the building after it’s completed. Options where we kept part of the school, that project would be closer to three years, and certainly would be more disruptive to students,” explained president of the Frederick County Board of Education, Brad Young.

The project will cost about $33 million. Officials say the next step is to secure state funding.

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