Groundbreaking Scheduled For New St. Mary's Elementary School

New Facility Will Be Designed To Be Environmentally Friendly

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Oct. 16, 2007) - On Monday, October 29, 2007, at 9:15 a.m., St. Mary's County Public Schools (SMCPS) will host a Groundbreaking Ceremony to celebrate the start of the construction of Evergreen Elementary School. The new school is being constructed in the Wildewood development at the end of Wildewood Parkway in California, Md.

Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick, state superintendent of schools, SMCPS Board Members, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael J. Martirano, other school system officials, and county leaders will be on hand to commemorate this event.

According to SMCPS officials, the new school will be a 'green' facility. Over the past decade, the school system has focused on the modernization and expansion of existing facilities to bring equity among all schools. Each of the past projects focused on sustainable design, daylighting, and conservation. The extent of these initiatives has been limited due to existing buildings. However, Evergreen Elementary will incorporate all environmental aspects of the site, energy and recycling initiatives based on LEED building criteria, and sustainable design.

Construction bids for Evergreen Elementary School were received on September 19, 2007. The contract was awarded to Scheibel Construction of Huntingtown, Md.

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