New Middle School Will be an Asset to the Entire B-CC Community
Today, I sent a letter to Montgomery County Council Education Chair Craig Rice and Montgomery County Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson responding to their correspondence about concerns regarding plans for the new Bethesda-Chevy Chase Middle School that we plan to build in Kensington. My letter clearly spells out why we made certain design decisions in the interest of student safety and well-being while balancing the interests of neighbors who live near the new school as best we could.
The bottom line is that we desperately need a new school to relieve overcrowding in this cluster but that some who live near the new school don’t want it in their neighborhood. I understand their desire to keep their park on a site that was once home to Kensington Junior High School, but the Board of Education needs to act in the interest of all of the students in this cluster and move forward with providing them a state-of-the-art school that, in the end, will be a wonderful community resource.
This project has been extensively reviewed and there has been significant engagement with the community about this school. The Board is scheduled to award a contract this week and it is my hope that we can all come together as a community and move forward with construction of this much needed school in the interest of our children.