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Following this meeting, James Song, Director of Facilities Management, requested another meeting with Town officials to discuss the plans. Mr. Song explained the need for additional classroom space at CCES given projected enrollment numbers. He also explained that the portable classrooms were only necessary as a short-term solution while a new middle school is under construction. As well, he clarified that the portables would actually be on a portion of the ball field because parts of the asphalt area would be needed to construct the access points to the portable classroom. I did raise concerns about the impact to the fields and in general the open space adjacent to the school. At this meeting, Mr. Song agreed to the installation of only one portable classroom at CCES, and agreed to having it removed once the new middle school is completed (in three years). As part of this plan, he indicated that the existing computer lab could be converted into classroom space and that MCPS could deploy WiFi throughout the school in order to ensure no loss of educational services provided by the lab.
This morning I asked Todd Hoffman to contact Mr. Song to verify that MCPS and the Town are on the “same page” with respect to the plan that we agreed to. Mr. Song stated the following:
MCPS will deploy WiFi throughout CCES before converting the computer lab to a classroom. No educational services provided by a computer lab will be lost. He specifically noted, “In fact, there will be improvements to the existing facility, as every classroom will become a computer lab.”
Unfortunately, the portable classroom will still be constructed on a portion of the ball field adjacent to the asphalt “wall ball” court. However, because only one portable will be in place, the impact is less than originally planned.
The Town never asked MCPS to delay construction of the portable or remove it to accommodate the Town’s July 4 event. When we determined that the portable construction may impact the Town’s plans for this event, we relocated the event to the Lawton Center.
MCPS is very eager to make improvements to the school, and the Town is very grateful for MCPS’s willingness to work with us to develop a plan that addresses both the needs of the school and minimizes the impact to the playing fields and open space in that area.