SNOW HILL – Plans for a new Showell Elementary School are again moving forward following the school system’s efforts to bring the project’s cost down.
On Tuesday, the Worcester County Commissioners approved a $1.6 million funding request from the Worcester County Board of Education. The funding will allow the school system to complete the design and construction documents for the new school.
“We finally got somewhere,” Commissioner Jim Bunting said. “I appreciate everybody’s patience. I think it’s paid off.”
The construction of a new Showell Elementary School has proven to be a controversial one during the past year. While no one disputes the need for a new building, county leaders and school system officials have been at odds over the project’s price. After early school system estimates set the cost at $54 million, the commissioners developed their own pro forma cost estimate of $37 million.
When education officials presented plans for a $46 million facility in September, the commissioners said they needed more time to consider the project and its financial impact.