Saturday, February 11, 2006

Council, reconsidering, wants new MCPS data on cost effectiveness

Public pressure is helping the County Council reconsider its plan to shut down Seven Locks Elementary School and replace it with the controversial project on Kendale Road.

The Council has recently asked Montgomery County Public Schools for cost data on the Kendale project and on modernization of the existing Seven Locks School, according to the Save Seven Locks School coalition.

Superintendent Jerry Weast insists that building the new Kendale school would be cheaper than modernizing Seven Locks, despite more than $3 million in cost overruns before construction has even begun.

Weast and the school board have ignored the Seven Locks PTA, which has voted repeatedly against the replacement school and in favor of the more cost effective modernization of the existing facility.