After reviewing historical documents, property information and over 250 name suggestions submitted by community members, the School Name Recommendation Committee brought three name recommendations for the new west-Frederick area elementary school to the Board of Education for consideration at their meeting on January 28, 2015.


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The Board voted to name the new elementary school “Butterfly Ridge Elementary School.” This name was brought forth by the recommendation committee because of Butterfly Lane, the existing road that defines the edge of the school site. “Butterfly” was also a popular suggestion among community members during both rounds of community engagement associated with the naming process.

FCPS and the School Name Recommendation Committee would like to thank all those who submitted name suggestions or feedback during the naming process!

Read more about the BOE policy about naming schools: Policy 201 (Adobe PDF File, opens in new window). 

The western portion of the city of Frederick between Route 40 and I-70 is one of the fastest growing areas in Frederick County. The new Butterfly Ridge Elementary School will address the growing population of the area by relieving overcrowding and balancing enrollment at Hillcrest, Orchard Grove and Waverley elementary schools. The new school is being designed by architects Grimm and Parker, the same firm responsible for the design of the new North Frederick Elementary School, which will serve as a prototype for this project. The prototype will be modified to accommodate Title 1 programs at the new school. The school will be located on Butterfly Lane, opposite of McCain Drive (view a site map here). 

The redistricting study will begin approximately 18-24 months prior to the anticipated opening date of the new school.  For more information, contact Beth Pasierb, Supervisor of Facilities Planning, 301-644-5023.

Location: Butterfly Ridge Elementary School will be built on the Hargett Farm property located on the south side of Butterfly Lane, opposite McCain Drive. View a site map here.

Capacity: 725 students, pre-K- 5th grade

  1. Project Scope / Description
    1. No Change
    2. Project Square Footage – 102,158 sf
  2. Project Schedule
    1. Design - Complete
    2. Construction
      1. Bid – January 2017
      2. Construction – April 2017 – June 2018
      3. Substantial Completion June 30, 2018.
      4. Occupancy – August 2018
    3. Project Completion – December 31, 2018
  3. Project Budget
    1. Total Project Budget – TBA Million
    2. Construction Budget – TBA Million
  4. Current Status
    1. Construction Phase 1 began on April 1, 2017 and is continuing on schedule
    2. Construction Phase 2 began on July 1, 2017 and is continuing on schedule
    3. Construction Progress is at 70%
      1. Civil – Site Work
        1. Excavation and Mass Grading – Complete
        2. East Side Parking Lot – 75% complete
        3. Onsite Utilities – complete
        4. Geothermal Well Field – complete
        5. Offsite Construction Items – 75 % complete
          1. Contender Way, McCain Drive Intersection, Traffic Signal and Butterfly Lane widening
      2. Architectural
        1. CMU Bearing wall installation complete
        2. Brick installation 90% complete and continuing
        3. Exterior Metal framing and sheathing complete
      3. Structural
        1. Building Footings and Foundation Walls complete
        2. Building Slabs on Grade complete
        3. Building Elevated Slabs ongoing
        4. Structural Steel Framing is complete
      4. Mechanical
        1. Utility connections complete
        2. Underground piping installations complete
        3. Mechanical Plumbing piping and HVAC Ductwork installation continuing
      5. Electrical
        1. Duct Bank and Underground piping complete
        2. Utility connections complete
        3. Electrical installations continuing

You can check out the Frequently Asked Questions page for this project. You can also submit your questions and feedback by emailing FCPS.facilities@fcps.org