Fact Sheet



The image below provides a timeline of changed dates for the PHS Renovation. PHS is highlighted for your reference.

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summary of issues

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent Dr. Jack R. Smith presented to the Board of Education (BOE) his Recommended FY 2019 Capital Budget and the FY 2019-2024 Capital Improvements Program. The Poolesville PTA does not take issue with most of the Superintendents’ recommendations—we understand capacity issues county-wide. But the PTA can’t support his recommendation to change Poolesville High Schools’ (PHS) modernization completion date from 2023 to “TBD”. Poolesville can’t wait another 20 to 30 years to get a school.

PHS was built in 1953. We were given a gym and cosmetics in 1978. PHS was projected to be modernized in 2010 when it was given a FACT score in the 1990s. In 2006, MCPS Staff and members of the PHS community met to plan in anticipation of a 2012 date. The 2008 financial crisis had a devastating impact on the revenues of all levels of government. We understood that PHS’s modernization date would be impacted; however, the delay was not a year or two, but over a decade. The 2022 modernization was later changed to 2023. The latest date – “TBD”—is an insult to all the residents of Poolesville and the families from around the county that send their children to Poolesville. 

Poolesville High School is in bad shape:

·       poor plumbing due to hard water issues

·       water damage to ceilings throughout

·       exposed wiring

·       areas in the school have no sprinkler system

·       bathroom doors--NOT ADA-compliant 

·       only one ADA ramp coming out of school

·       entrance/exit adjacent to the Media Center not ADA compliant

·       no separate storage rooms in the school - showers/locker rooms are used for storage

·       no space large enough in the building for the entire student body to congregate

·       small auditorium (456 seats)

·       both auditorium wings are used as classrooms (one is designated as the band room)

·       encapsulated asbestos throughout

·       patched tiles throughout

·       cafeteria, approx. 53x80: <100 students are served there (others go elsewhere)

·       no loading dock into facility

·       no wrestling room

·       weight room resides in old converted automotive shop

·       no dance space

·       no gymnastics room

·       poms and cheer groups practice in the cafeteria

·       fields are used for multiple varsity and junior varsity sports

·       "back door" of the school (leading to science building) is unlocked all day