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St. Mary’s County’ newest school is already overcrowded. Evergreen Elementary School in Wildewood is designed for a local rated capacity of 614; there are currently 718 full-time equivalent students there. With that in mind, the St. Mary’s County Board of Education on Wednesday approved a contract for a two-classroom modular unit to be moved there.
The contract award was for $127,323 with a $25,000 contingency to a company called Modular Genius, which has supplied other units to the system for Dynard, Lettie Marshall Dent and Leonardtown elementary schools.
The company will manufacture, deliver, set-up and construct covered walkways and ramps. They will do site work for a second two-classroom unit that may be needed at a later date.
Supervisor of Design and Construction Larry Hartwick said the modular classrooms would be used for programs such as art and band and not for instruction.
Chief Operating Officer Bradley Clements said the proposed new elementary school for the Hayden Farm property in Leonardtown was the ultimate solution to the overcrowding at Evergreen. Short of that, there could redistricting, with students living along Route 4 returning to Leonardtown Elementary.
But the bigger problem, according to Clements: “All of the schools in the development district are overcrowded.” Board member Cathy Allen, while noting that redistricting can be traumatic, said it was a better problem to have than being faced with closing community schools, which is affecting other parts of the state and country.
The modular unit is expected to be ready to occupy in the spring.