School Notes: Whitman, Loiederman Addition Contracts Awarded

School Notes: Whitman, Loiederman Addition Contracts Awarded

Plus: Student board member election timeline set; Sandy Spring Friends School appoints new head of school

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Whitman, Loiederman addition contracts awarded

The Montgomery County Board of Education this week awarded construction contracts for additions at Walt Whitman High School and A. Mario Loiederman Middle School.

The 75,000-square-foot, three-story addition at Whitman will total $25.9 million. The contract was awarded to Keller Brothers Inc. of Mount Airy.

The project will add space for nearly 400 additional students by demolishing the former Whittier Woods Elementary School and Whittier Woods Annex and replacing them with 18 classrooms, five science labs, a courtyard and a dance studio.

The project will also include renovations to first-floor classrooms to accommodate physical education classes. It also will include a redesign of the student drop-off area that will separate bus traffic, car traffic and parking areas to relieve congestion during peak hours before and after school.

Without the addition, Whitman would be nearly 275 students over capacity by the 2021-22 school year.

The school board also awarded a contract for a $9.6 million addition at Loiederman. The contract was awarded to Towson Mechanical Incorporated in Parkville.

Designs include two classrooms separated from the new performing arts space by movable partitions that, when removed, create a larger theater area.

Movable bleachers will seat 425. Backstage features include dressing rooms, set construction space, a box office and storage. Six new parking spaces for people with disabilities will be added along the entrance to the addition.

The addition will total 17,000 square feet and is expected to be completed in 2021.

Students from across the county attend Loiederman, a performing arts magnet school with an enrollment of about 1,000 students in sixth through eighth grade.

Loiederman opened in 1956, and offers specialized programs in dance, band, choir and theater.

Student board member election timeline set

The timeline for electing the next student member of the Montgomery County Board of Education has been set. Rising juniors and seniors at any MCPS high school can file as candidates between Jan. 2 and 24.

A nominating convention will be held Feb. 12. “Delegates” from each middle and high school will select two finalists for the position.
The two candidates will campaign between February and April. Then, on April 22, all middle and high school students are eligible to vote for the next student board member.

Whoever is elected will replace current student board member Nate Tinbite, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School.

The student representative on the eight-member school board has full voting rights on issues like the school system’s budget and personnel matters.

Sandy Spring Friends School appoints new head of school

Sandy Spring Friends School recently announced the appointment of Rodney Glasgow as its next head of school.

Sandy Spring Friends School is a private college preparatory school that enrolls students in pre-kindergarten through high school.

Glasgow is currently the head of middle school and chief diversity officer at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac.

He is a graduate of Harvard University, where he earned a joint degree in Afro-American studies and psychology. He holds a Master of Arts in organization and leadership from Columbia University and a Doctorate of Education in human and organizational learning from George Washington University.

He will replace Tom Gibian, who will retire at the end of the current school year.
Gibian has been the head of school since 2010.

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