Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) is seeking a new site for the Rock Creek School, which provides special education programs for students with complex medical conditions and severe intellectual, physical, emotional, hearing, vision and learning disabilities, from ages 3 through 21.
FCPS invites the public to the existing Rock Creek School (RCS) at 191 Waverley Drive, Frederick, on Wednesday, November 1, from 7-8 PM, for a question-and-answer session with the design team on the sites and the process in which the selection is going to take place.
Seven potential sites are under consideration; six are on current schools' property. At each potential school site, RCS would be a stand-alone building on the school property. Sites under consideration are Ballenger Creek Middle, Dearbought property, Gov. Thomas Johnson Middle, Monocacy Elementary/Middle, Tuscarora Elementary, Valley Elementary and Walkersville Middle.
The RCS replacement will be a newly developed design that has a state-rated capacity of 120 students. It will be a single-story school with about 81,000 gross square feet. The energy-efficient school is designed to meet, at a minimum, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification requirements, local building codes and educational program specifications.
The design team will be evaluating sites during the first phase of the design process and plans to make recommendation for final site selection in December 2017.