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Exploring Options for the Future of Princess Anne Elementary

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Somerset County Public Schools says it's time to start thinking about its next capital improvement project. The Princess Anne Elementary School is ready for a re-model.

The district recently released a survey, putting two options on the table with the goal of working on more schools than one.

Following the completion of the Somerset County Technical High School and ribbon cutting ceremony happening this weekend, district officials say Princess Anne Elementary is at the top of the list.

"It's one of our two remaining open space schools, which is if you're familiar, sort of a trend in the 70s where there weren't doors in classrooms dividing them," Daniele Haley, supervisor of facilities and capital planning, says. "Turns out it's pretty disruptive to class and in the world we live in today, it's a huge safety concern."

Haley says the schools age, coupled with little updates over the years, makes the project long overdue. That's why the district is asking people to weigh in on two ideas.

The first is to update and expand Princess Anne Elementary. Second grade would then be moved to Princess Anne from Greenwood Elementary, to help address overcrowding at Greenwood.

"I think that would be the best option, to expand Princess Ann primary so everybody can utilize the school system without being overcrowded," Lowindor Reddick of Princess Anne says.

The second option is to build a new elementary that would be centrally located to serve all of the students at Princess Anne, Greenwood and Deal Island. 

"Deal Island and Greenwood would get something out of this project," Haley says. "This would be one shot to upgrade all three schools and provide them a new facility with maybe more programs and things like that because we'd have them centralized."

Haley adds that renovations to Princess Anne has always been on the district's agenda and now is the time to start the exploration process. She says they'll likely take the survey results to the school board next month. The district will then hold several public meetings before going to the county to bring in a team to complete a feasibility study on all the options. Haley estimates it might take several years before a shovel is put to dirt.

"No decisions have been made, in fact there may even be more options than A and B that we're calling right now so this year we're really just trying to get a feel for the public opinion," Haley says.

To take the survey, visit here: https://www.somerset.k12.md.us/apps/news/article/1118752?fbclid=IwAR3KcbQHoPEusfhqgfwWjNQpfstTEe9JO38y9zvWd6f5gtr2PJ9C-Z6u0o4

 

 

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