Frederick County Public Schools has begun a feasibility study to determine the best way to modernize and expand Liberty Elementary School. The study’s purpose is to identify school renovation needs, educational space needs, options for meeting the needs, and estimated costs for each option.
During the study of possibilities, FCPS will provide opportunities for parents, students, staff and community members to participate, with interpretation available upon request. FCPS will work with an architectural consultant to consider several options. They include renovating and expanding the school or completely replacing the building.
All are invited to the following events in the Liberty Elementary gymnasium: community visioning meeting Tuesday, January 15, 6:30 p.m. (snow date: Thursday, January 17); presentation of initial options Wednesday, February 13, 6:30 p.m. (snow date: Wednesday, February 20); and a presentation of final options Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m. (snow date Wednesday, March 20).
In addition, the project’s progress meetings are open to the public and are typically held every other Thursday afternoon at the FCPS Central Office at 191 S. East Street in Frederick. Remaining progress meetings will take place from 2-4 p.m. on January 3, 17, and 31, February 14 and 28, March 14 and 28, and April 11. The public may view meeting minutes on the project website.
Liberty Elementary was constructed in 1927 and has had no additions or renovations since 1982. It was identified in the six-year capital program for a complete modernization. Because of growth taking place in the Liberty area and surrounding communities, FCPS will also consider the possibility of expanding the school. The educational specification for an elementary school that accommodates 705 students will be used to evaluate the educational program. The feasibility study is the first step in the process to modernize and expand the school. The proposed timeline depends on availability of funding from the State of Maryland and Frederick County.
FCPS will post information about the project at https://www.fcps.org/facilities/liberty-elementary-school-feasibility-study. The public may email questions and comments to Liberty.Study@fcps.org.