Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday at Sugarloaf Elementary, under construction and slated to open in August 2018.
Initially students from Urbana Elementary will occupy the new school while Urbana Elementary is being renovated. In August 2020, when Urbana Elementary re-opens, students in the new Sugarloaf Elementary district will attend it. The Board of Education of Frederick County has not yet determined the new Sugarloaf attendance area.
FCPS Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban welcomed invited officials, students and PTA members to the ceremony. Urbana Elementary Principal Tess Blumenthal presented remarks, followed by Board of Education President Brad Young and County Executive Jan Gardner. Afterward participating students were invited to join officials in donning hardhats and posing with shovels of dirt.
Students who attended to represent the grade levels kindergarten through five that Sugarloaf Elementary will serve were Dave Apte, Jackson Fuentes, Giada Gentilucci, Dawson Graditor, Cyrus Haney, Brynn Jarkowski, Quentin Maucher, Trevor Miller, Adrianne Sellers, Jackson Stanley and Carlin Webster.
The new school, at 3400 Stone Barn Drive, will accommodate seating for 725 students. Classrooms will feature wall-to-wall wireless capability and sloped ceilings to take advantage of natural light. The cafeteria will include a stage.
In addition to a Parks and Recreation Center with a high school competition-sized basketball court, multi-purpose activity room, office and restrooms, the site will have three playgrounds designed for specific age groups--prekindergarten/kindergarten students, primary through grade two, and intermediate grades three through five.
The passive-energy site orientation maximizes natural daylight while controlling heat gain and loss. A geothermal HVAC system and light-harvesting fixtures and motion detectors that turn lights on and off will conserve energy.
The school is nearly 98,000 square feet, including the Parks and Recreation Center. Grimm & Parker Architects designed the school. Oak Contracting, LLC, is managing construction. The project budget is $41,087,775 with construction expected to cost $33,700,000.
In photo, left to right: Urbana Elementary students Trevor Miller, Quentin Maucher, Carlin Webster, Jackson Fuentes, Dave Apte, Urbana Elementary Principal Tess Blumenthal, Urbana Elementary students Adrianne Sellers, Dawson Graditor, Jackson Stanley, Giada Gentilucci, Cyrus Haney and Brynn Jarkowski