$1.6M Presented to Frederick County for School Expansion

- URBANA, Md. - Overcrowded hallways and portable classrooms soon will not be an issue for Urbana Middle School. Matan Companies in Frederick, presented a $1.6 million payment to Frederick County, Monday, in order to expedite the school's much needed expansion.

"When we have overcrowding our hallways are crowded during class exchange, we have a lot of students in certain classes and classrooms get full, cafeteria gets full, hallways get full," said Dorothy Wood, asst. principal at Urbana Middle School.

According to a statement from the Frederick County government, the payment came as a requirement in an Adequate Public Facilities letter of understanding for Matan's Urban Green Project. The project is expected to add about 352 multi-family residential homes to the area.

Improvements to the middle school were scheduled for 2017 but with the developer's contributions those plans were expedited by two years. Its a move that staff at UMS say came at the perfect time.

"I'm very excited to hear that we're going to be able to expedite the finishing of the basement so that will be very helpful in keeping all of our students inside of the class," said Wood.

Most recently, the school that is over 120 percent capacity has expanded from six to ten portables that will be used this coming school year. The payment from Matan will fit out the unfinished lower level floor at the middle school, providing an additional 300 seats.

This project is anticipated to be ready for use for the 2015-2016 school year.

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