After a year delay, construction has begun on the new Monarch Global Academy Public Contract School in Laurel.
A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 4, at the 8.5-acre lot on Brock Bridge Road, and officials expect the school to be completed and ready for students in August 2014.
The school, which will accept 474 students its first year and as many as 740 by 2015, will alleviate overcrowding at Brock Bridge, Maryland City and Jessup elementary schools, all in Anne Arundel County.
The K-8 school will have an International Baccalaureate curriculum at the elementary level, and center on informational technology with an international focus in the upper grades.
Work on the school has been a long time coming, delayed because of difficulties between the nonprofit Children's Guild Institute — which runs several Monarch locations — and developer Polm Cos. The Laurel Monarch Academy was supposed to open its doors to students this year, but the developer has having difficulty securing money and permits for the school. The property was sold to the Children's Guild last month, and the guild is moving forward in building the school on its own.
"We are very excited to be able to bring this unique and enriched learning experience in a brand new school building to children in Laurel," Children's Guild President and CEO Andrew Ross said in a release announcing the groundbreaking. "We would like to thank (developer) Richard Polm for helping to make it financially feasible for the Children's Guild to purchase the land on which to build this new school."