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Piney Branch Elementary School Addition and Pool

Piney Branch Elementary School Expansion and Feasibility Study

Montgomery County Public School officials are discussing ways to address the growing school-aged population in the County in the context of its Capital Improvement Plan for school facilities. MCPS has conducted a feasibility study of Piney Branch Elementary School (PBES)  to evaluate space needs and options for addressing those needs, including trade-offs and costs. Community meetings were held in early 2017.

One option  under consideration as part of the study is to close the pool at PBES to make way for additional classroom space. While the City recognizes the need for classroom expansion, the Takoma Park City Council has raised  concerns that expansion at PBES could mean that the pool might be shut down permanently without a plan for replacement.

The Board of Education has included funds for design and construction in the FY2019 Capital Budget and  the FY 2019–2024 Capital Improvements Program:

To address the current and projected over-utilization at the school, an addition project was approved at Piney Branch Elementary School with a completion date of September 2021. An FY 2017 appropriation for facility planning was approved to conduct a feasibility study to determine the feasibility, scope and cost of the project. An FY 2019 appropriation is recommended to begin the architectural design for an addition project. The recommended completion date is September 2021. In order for this project to be completed on this schedule, county and state funding must be provided at the levels recommended in this CIP.

For further information, including links to meeting materials, please visit the PBES Addition Project page on the Montgomery County Puclic Schools website or contact Gary D. Mosesman, Project Manager: gary_d_mosesman@mcpsmd.org 

Options for a Pool in Takoma Park

In conversations with representatives of Washington Adventist Hospital, the Mayor and City Councilmembers have  discussed, preliminarily, the possibility of locating a new pool or aquatic center on the site of the Washington Adventist Hospital when the hospital relocates it acute care facilities. Such a use would be consistent with WAH’s mission. County funding would be essential to the success of this project. 

 Contact Info

Jason Damweber
Deputy City Manager
Phone: 301-891-7202
Email: jasond@takomaparkmd.gov

Project Info & Timeline

  • Target completion date: On hold
  • Takoma Park’s role in project: Liaison for city residents
  • Departments involved:  Housing and Community Development

Budget & Funding Source

Budget: Not determined
Funding Source: Montgomery County Public Schools

Links & Notes

Montgomery County Public Schools Current Capital Projects:
Piney Branch Elementary School Additional Project

Takoma Park City Council — April 12, 2017:
Agenda — Presentation of Piney Branch Elementary School Feasibility Study 
Feasibility Study Slides

Feasibility Letter to County Executive (February 3, 2017)

Montgomery County Public School’s Piney Branch Elementary Expansion Project Page (includes links to presentations and meeting materials and minutes)

Letter from Takoma Park City Council, Washington Adventist Hospital, Washington Adventist University, and Montgomery College to County Executive Leggett Advocating for an Aquatics Center in Takoma Park (October 25, 2016)

Letter from Takoma Park City Council to County Executive Leggett Regarding the MCPS CIP and Interest in Retaining Pool Facility (February 16, 2016)

Briefing on the Board of Education’s Requested CIP Budget                    (December 14, 2015 Presentation to Council)


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