Thursday, January 15, 2015

Breaking News: BOE Never Saw Report on School They Voted to Demolish

On October 28, 2014, Superintendent Joshua Starr announced the surprise plan to use the existing Ewing school site for the new MCPS bus depot.

Just 20 days later, on November 17, 2014, the Montgomery County Board of Education voted to approve Starr's plan to shut down the Ewing school to make room for 400 buses at that site.

The Board of Education voted to demolish the 85,400 sf Ewing Center School building without ever seeing the $36,200 Feasibility Study for the renovation of the school.  The Board of Education had discussed and voted on the Feasibility Study in April of 2013, but never saw the final report.

MCPS didn't even make the Ewing Center renovation Feasibility Study public until just a few days ago.  As you can see here, on this December 15, 2014, screen shot of the MCPS Feasibility and Capacity Studies webpage, the Ewing Center report is not listed.

As of today, the Ewing Center Feasibility Study report is listed on the MCPS Feasibility and Capacity Studies webpage.  The report has been made public a full two months after the Board of Education voted to remove the renovation funding from the school and put the school in the queue for demolition.


  1. For $36,20, the BoE should at least have read the final report. Then they wouldn't be trying to throw away a solidly-built, well-maintained school. Now I'd like to get the County Council to read the feasibility study report as well, and then have them vote NO on the BoE's plan to demolish the Ewing Center to make way for a bus depot.

  2. Was their lobster bib in the way?


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