The construction of Blue Heron Elementary School is progressing and remains on schedule, according to Paul Lebo, chief operating officer for Frederick County Public Schools.

The school will sit on a 15-acre site in the Lake Linganore Hamptons West community and will be a partial two-story building. The design, which was approved in July 2019, will have two separate drop-off loops and entrances for cars and school buses as well as a playing field and paved court.

The building, which will have a capacity for 705 students, is being built due to rapid development and increasing enrollment that has been seen in the area.

Lebo said the most recent activities of the construction include structural steel assembly and installation of underground plumbing utilities.

Construction on the school began earlier this year and is expected to be completed by June of next year, with the school opening in August 2021.

The name Blue Heron was chosen last year out of 39 suggestions from the public. Other top contenders had been Linganore Creek Elementary and Lakeside Elementary.

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Frederick County MD: new school construction, Covid, virtual learning, taxpayer money. Just saying . . .


Could have been Ryan Homes Elementary.


"The name Blue Heron was chosen last year out of 39 suggestions from the public. Other top contenders had been Linganore Creek Elementary and Lakeside Elementary."

Shame "Blue Heron" was chosen as the name. I really liked some of the other nominations: Clear Cut Elementary, Delauter's Luck Elementary, It Used to be Nice Here Elementary, Young's Choice Elementary,


As much as I detest Young and Delauter, in their defense the zoning for that area was established decades ago, way long before they ever served as commissioners. Just as the zoning in the Urbana area was also.


Urbana? Do you mean Germantown North?



I would be interested in finding out about the zoning changes, and when and who was responsible for them. Folks wouldn't recognize the old sleepy Urbana now if they haven't been back in a while. We had our wedding reception at the Turning Point Inn, which I imagine has been torn down, along with Knott and Geisbert truck and tractor supply. Bought a lot of parts from "Hoodie".


I rode down there yesterday for a look around. Got lost multiple times but did find my way back to 355 north eventually. The Turning Point is still there. The old Peter Pan is down to the original house and boarded up. The only thing I recognized was the fire hall and the Key residence.



Ah, progress.


The Landon House, where Jeb Stuart held the Sabers and Roses Ball, is still there but the last time I drove through the town I couldn't see it because of all the crap that's been built. A couple of buildings is all that's left of what was once a beautiful, quaint little village. And that really sucks.

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