WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver said Monday that a new West Salisbury Elementary would be built in Wicomico County in the same location as the current aging school.
Parents and community leaders have been calling for a replacement school for quite some time. Their top complaint being the lack of air conditioning in the building. At the start of his time as county executive, Culver took the plan for a new school off the table, promising money to replace the school's windows and install air conditioning. But the plan was met with push back from the community and county council.
"My suggestion, of course, was different but I took the information to the council and they decided they wanted to go ahead and rebuild," Culver said."
Culver said the plan calls for the old school to be torn down and a new one built in the same spot. Culver said Monday the new school is about four years away from opening with construction potentially starting in the late summer or September of 2017. According to Culver, the new school will cost the county about $13 million with the state of Maryland footing the rest of the bill, which would be around $15 million.
However, all of the plans for the school are not yet set in stone. Culver said right now things are in the architectural and engineering phase, plus there are talks to include into the design plans to allow the school to possibly expand in the future. However, Culver is not ready to sign off on the idea until it is thoroughly researched.
"Which would mean that the school would be built for 350 now but have the infrastructure for 650, so if sometime down the road we wanted to expand the school, we could. I'm not voting for that. I'm voting for a strictly 350 student school," said Culver.
No matter how the plans are drawn up, the end result would be the same: a new, air-conditioned, West Salisbury Elementary.