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Portables at Arcola Elementary Spark Community Concern

Community members will meet with the school's principal Monday night to discuss the portables.

The planned installation of portable classrooms in front of has struck a nerve in the Sligo Headwaters community.

Concerned community members say the portables are indicative of the larger problem of elementary school overcrowding and the broken communication lines between Montgomery County Public Schools and the community.

Principal Eric Wilson and representatives from MCPS are scheduled to meet with community members at 7 p.m. Monday in the school's all-purpose room to discuss the portables.

See photos of the preparation for portables at Arcola Elementary School.

ED July 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM
If Arcola Elementary School already needs portable classrooms, I wonder what will happen when all of the newly proposed apartments open in the Wheaton area. Oops, that's right, according to the County's calculations, these new apartment dweller's will not have cars or children.
Avocado July 17, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Already? Didn't it just open??
Kathleen Michels July 18, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Bingo! the schoolnsystem and the community are paying the price of what we all knew was a convenient fiction from the planners and politicians
Kathleen Michels July 18, 2012 at 03:26 AM
But mcps should have known. Are there school sites that they have closed leased or given away?
ED July 18, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Kathleen, there are multiple school sites that MCPS has closed, leased, or given away. The Wheaton Sector Plan was just completed and called for Pleasant View Elementary (two blocks from Wheaton Mall) to be used, if needed, in the Wheaton area. The Board of Education just approved the Crossway's Community Charter Montessori School with a total of 180 students (when phased in) for this building. This closed school is currently used for a private Montessori School, a public Charter Montessori School, day-care, and housing for up to 45 low-income single parents with children under the age of six. I suggest you check out the parents coalition website.

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