A rendering of plans for the new Kilby Elementary School in the Prince William district Prince William School District

A rendering of plans for the new Kilby Elementary School in the Prince William district.

Work under way on 2 elementary schools in Prince William County, Va.

District is replacing one campus as well as building its 59th elementary school

The Prince William County (Va.) district has broken ground on a new elementary school building in Woodbridge that officials hope will help ease crowding in the district.

The Washington Post reports that $22 million facility will replace the existing Kilby Elementary School, which serves about 650 students. Built in the 1950s, the school is over capacity and has portable classrooms to accommodate overflow. The new school is being constructed on land adjacent to the existing building.

With more than 85,000 students and projections that show the district adding about 2,000 students a year for the next several years, Prince William is adding facilities to keep with the demand for more classrooms.

This week, the district is scheduled to have a groundbreaking for a new elementary school at what is known as the "Ferlazzo" site in Woodbridge. That school, the district's 59th elementary school, is scheduled to open in 2016.

A rendering of plans for an elementary school at the "Ferlazzo" site in Prince William County

The new Kilby building will be completed in late 2016 if construction stays on schedule. The school is named for R. Dean Kilby, who was the first principal when the school opened as the “Marumsco School” in 1958. The school was renamed in Kilby’s honor in 1970.

The architect for the new Kilby is Moseley Architects.

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