I had a little chuckle when I read the article headlined “New school design gets board’s OK” (Sept. 12).

My husband, Richard Floyd, was on the Frederick County Planning Commission for 13 years between 1992 and 2012. I cannot tell you how many times I heard him say to the “powers that be” at the Board of Education and the Frederick County Planning Department and anyone else who would listen how much money could be saved if someone would come up with a good design for elementary, middle and high schools and use it each time a new school was built. Why pay an architect to design a school each time one is needed? As long as there is a good environment for learning, who needs a Taj Mahal? Our children do not. Look how long it has taken to build a new North Frederick Elementary. I am 70 and I went there when I was 11.

Apparently, someone has finally got the message. It is just too bad Richard didn’t live to see it. Let’s see if this good sense continues.




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Cookie cutter architecture has to be updated for the times. Double doors that keep visitors from entering the school population are new. Security windows like they have at some gas stations may be the next thing so identity can be verified before admittance. Sad isn't it.


Architectural fees are such a small part of the total budget for a new school that its not worth skimping. What our kids deserve is the best dollars spent. If you understand the intricacies of a school design project you understand that good design equates to site specific, community specific design. Paying a good design team to produce that will result in savings in the millions versus savings of a few hundred thousand. There is a very big difference between good design and a Taj Mahal and we should give our kids, our teachers and our communities good design that suits their needs.


Govt use common sense? That will never happen.


Not as long as they use you as an example....common...yes...sense...no. How sad.

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