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Plans underway for old Greenbelt Middle Schools

Prince George’s County Public Schools Interim School Superintendent Alvin Crawley has recommended that the Robert Goddard French Immersion School move into the old Greenbelt Middle School.

Crawley also suggested that the Board of Education lease five classrooms on the bottom floor of the 75-year-old building to the city of Greenbelt.

The board will consider the recommendation on Thursday night.

Students moved out of the old school, which had complaints of an occasional leaky roof, electrical malfunctions and heating breakdowns, and into a new, $56 million state-of-the-art building in August. The old school has been empty since last year.

Students and parents from Robert Goddard, a kindergarten through 8th grade magnet program which shares space with the Robert Goddard Montessori School, have complained for years about the space at their current location in Lanham.

Even though the old Greenbelt school has a capacity of 1,092 students, Crawley said there are no plans to expand the popular magnet program, which has an enrollment of about 580 students.

The move would cost the school system about $726,300 for renovations and additional staff.

Ovetta Wiggins covers Maryland state politics in Annapolis.

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