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Funding Approved for New Robert E. Aylor

10 August 2018 News

After extensive discussions and debates, and in the face of a looming deadline, Frederick County’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday night to fund a replacement for the Robert E. Aylor Middle School.

Supervisors agreed to appropriate $45.5 million from the budget for the project, less than the $52 million that School Board members had asked of them. The School Board wanted to build a 160,000 square-foot facility in order to meet expectations that the new school be able to accommodate 900 students. The newly approved funding, however, will only build a 140,000 square-foot building, leaving some school division officials worried that it won’t be big enough to meet future needs.

Despite these concerns, Red Bud District Supervisor Blaine Dunn pointed out that the county is $126 million in debt, and is already shouldering the construction of its 12th elementary school and looking ahead to James Wood and Sherando High Schools’ improvement goals, as well as plans for a fourth high school.

Officials have said in the past that they would like the construction of the new Aylor school to begin by 2021. No site has been chosen yet for the new building.

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