In a meeting of the Board of Education Tues. Nov. 9, a feasibility study for an addition to Arcola Elementary was approved. The study would look into the size and cost of an addition to the building.
"Arcola is located in a very fast growing part of the county. Based on birth rates, housing availability and other factors, we anticipate that growth will continue," said MCPS public information officer Dana Tofig.
Opened in August 2007, in a brand-new building after the original Arcola was closed in the 1980s, the elementary school has seen a quick increase in enrollment, jumping from 347 to 615 in the span of the four school years since it opened. MCPS projections expect this to increase to 689 by 2016.
The feasibility study will help decide whether an addition is put on the list of capital improvements next year. Current capital improvement projects in the down-county consortium include the modernization of Wheaton High School, Weller Road Elementary and Glenallan Elementary, renovation of bathrooms in Sligo Middle School, the creation of school #29 at McKenney Hills to alleviate overcrowding at Oakland Terrace and a school-based health center at Highland Elementary.