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Kent County Middle School Project

A committee comprising Kent County Public Schools administrators, educators, state officials, school construction experts and parents held meetings over the past year to explore possible plans for renovating or replacing Kent County Middle School in Chestertown.
The Kent County Middle School Education Specifications (or Ed Specs) Committee narrowed down more than a dozen scenarios to three options under consideration by the Kent County Board of Education.
Following additional community input sessions, a feasibility study was recently completed on five different options, which has been reduced back down to four.
No decision has been made on the future of Kent County Middle School. Input from the community will continue be part of the decision-making process.


Students walk upstairs in KCMS

The options currently being considered for Kent County Middle School's future are:
• Building a new Kent County Middle School on the Chestertown campus.

• Placing a new Kent County Middle School on a portion of the KCPS campus in Worton.
Adding fifth grade back to the middle school grade-band configuration also is being considered. Prior to consolidating to a single building more than a decade ago, the three KCPS middle schools served fifth through eighth graders.

A pair of discussions on the two options was held in September. Reports from the those meetings are available for download below.

Community Input

A teacher helps students with their lockers.

Community input has been an integral part of the planning process for a new middle school.

Online surveys were shared with the community on options for the middle school and multiple series of listening and community input sessions have been held.

Kent County Public Schools held its latest pair of community meetings in June on plans for a new middle school.
The most recent community meetings were held: 
Tuesday, June 20 at 6 p.m.
Kent County Middle School media center,
402 E. Campus Ave., Chestertown
Wednesday, June 28 at 6 p.m.
Kent County High School auditorium
25301 Lambs Meadow Road, Worton
The June 28 meeting was livestreamed and recorded. The video is available at
Questions and comments on the project may be sent to [email protected].

Facilities Planning

In 2018, the Kent County Board of Education accepted and published a Six-Year Facilities Strategic Plan.
This was prepared by the Strategic Planning Committee. Members included Superintendent Dr. Karen Couch, additional KCPS administrators and educators, education and school construction experts, county officials and community members.
"The Six-Year Facilities Strategic Plan initiates a process that will bring the public school facilities of Kent County into the educational and performance standards of the 21st century," the plan states. "For a teacher to be effective in the classroom, a wide range of supports must be in place: a visionary and ambitious school administration, teaching materials, information technologies, training, and equally as important, instructional spaces that facilitate and enhance every form of learning."
Long-term planning projects included the formation of an Ed Specs Committee to consider the renovation or relocation of Kent County Middle School, as the aging building has physical plant issues. The committee also was tasked with reviewing the adequacy of the building's instruction spaces.
"The major decision will likely be whether to retain and renovate the existing facility, or to relocate the middle school to another site," the Facilities Strategic Plan states about Kent County Middle School's future.
A copy of the Six-Year Facilities Strategic Plan is available for download below.