On December 12, 2011, the Site Selection Advisory Committee for the Upcounty Holding School – which met from May to October 2011 – issued their recommendation for the best upcounty holding school location in Montgomery County. Nine prospective sites were evaluated, including the Waring Station property. The committee found that Waring Station was NOT the best location for the upcounty holding school, in part due to the limited acreage, sloped topography, mature trees, and lack of access to the property. Instead, the committee recommended placing the holding school at the Emory Grove Center in Gaithersburg. Joshua P. Starr, the new Superintendent of Schools, signed off on this recommendation on January 10, 2012.
This should be great news for those who want to preserve the trees on the Waring Station property as well as the folks who want to see improvements made to the Emory Grove Center. However, the FY 2012 Capital Budget for Montgomery County Public Schools (approved here) — which appropriates money for the Montgomery County FY 2011-2016 Capital Improvements Project — does not include ANY funding for a holding school at all.