Montgomery County Public Schools will need fewer portable classrooms next year, because of school additions and modernization projects that will be completed this summer.
While 501 relocatable classrooms are being used across the county this year, the school system will need 40 fewer, or 461 total, next school year, according to James Song, the school system’s director of facilities management.
This summer, additions will be completed at several schools with portables, including Darnestown Elementary, which has six portables; Georgian Forest Elementary, which has 11; Viers Mill Elementary, which has 15; Waters Landing Elementary, which has nine; Westbrook Elementary, which has eight; and Wyngate Elementary, which has 10. A modernization should be complete at Gaithersburg High, which has 15 portables.
The school system has asked the Montgomery County Council for a $4 million appropriation for portable classrooms for next budget year, to begin setting up for next school year.
The council introduced the appropriation Tuesday, and a public hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. April 16.
The $4 million will pay for moving and removing new and existing portables, as well as repairs, Song said.
While the number of overall portables will decrease next school year, Song anticipates the number to grow in future years as student enrollment increases “at record pace.”
The school system, currently with about 149,000 students, will serve about 10,000 more students by 2018, according to school system projections.