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Dr. Michael J. Martirano, Superintendent of Schools, 301-475-5511, ext. 32178
Mr. J. Bradley Clements, Deputy Superintendent of Schools and Operations, 301-475-4256, ext. 7

LEONARDTOWN, MD - St. Mary’s County Public Schools is one of the fastest growing counties in the State of Maryland. The school system has a growth rate of 4.7% increase over the past five years, while surrounding counties have either decreased by as much as 5.3% or remained constant. In FY 13, the Public School Construction Program approved planning for a new elementary school in Leonardtown, Maryland. The school will be built on property adjacent to the Leonard’s Grant community and will be a prototype of Evergreen Elementary School, which will include the sustainable features for energy conservation and will be environmentally friendly. The facility was designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria for silver. Given the rich military heritage of our community, the Board of Education wanted the name of this facility to reflect our patriotic heritage. The Board of Education, at their meeting on April 10, 2013, approved the naming of the new elementary school to honor a local military hero, Captain Walter Francis Duke. The name of the school will honor this brave individual, who represents the values of men and women who serve or have served in the armed forces. Within the school, each branch of the armed forces will be recognized. In FY 14, state and local funding agencies provided the funding for this project to move to the construction phase.                

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Captain Walter Francis Duke Elementary School will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. The site is located off of Leonard’s Grant Parkway. Please note that in the event of inclement weather, the groundbreaking will be held at 9:00 a.m. at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center, which is located at 24005 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650.