by Lisa Tome
That construction you see on Elkton/Newark Road between Elkton Central Library and Gilpin Manor Elementary isn't new school construction. Yet.
Currently, stormwater work is underway which will pave the way for the new school.
Perry Willis, Executive Director for Support Services for Cecil County Public Schools, explained that drainage controls at the site have to be directed before construction of the new $17 plus million school can be built.
The current Gilpin Manor was built in 1952. Renovations came in 1954, 1980, and in 2005. The new building is expected to be completed by May 2018. The current plan is to have the footings and slab finished within three months, walls up within four months, and the building will be under roof by this fall.
"There will be no displacement. When we finish the building we will move into the new building," said Willis. There will be a new bus loop and a new rider loop.
The building will measure 65,749 and have a capacity of 720 students with 30 students per classroom. The building will be state of the art and constructed to meet green standards with recycled content in materials, natural daylighting, acoustical controls, improved energy savings and more.
"This is a real community lift. The library and the elementary school will be on one campus. This is really a gateway into the town. This will be a showcase project for Elkton," said Willis.
The contractor, Mullan Contracting, is working with both the county and the town. County inspectors review the site. The Town of Elkton handles the permitting and building. "Elkton's really good to work with. They've been helping us along. They are knowledgeable and great to work with," said Willis.