From Bethesda Beat
The Montgomery County school board has signed off on plans for the second phase of construction at the future Woodward High School, which will include an athletics stadium and fields.
When plans for the project were unveiled in 2019, the school district said the stadium might not be built, which would make it the only high school in the county without one. Doing so would eliminate space for parking and force the district to build a garage, which is expensive, officials said at the time.
But within three months, amid significant community pushback, MCPS changed course and shared plans for the site, which broke construction into two phases, with a stadium included in the second.
Woodward will serve as a temporary school for Northwood High in 2023 while Northwood undergoes a building project. Then, Woodward will reopen as a new high school when Northwood moves out, expected by 2026.
The roughly $180 million Woodward school will have space for about 2,200 students. It was originally designed for 2,700 students, but plans were scaled back in September as building costs increased.
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