Proposed new elementary school

Architectural drawing shows the planned new Arlington elementary school slated to be constructed adjacent next to Westover Library. (VMDO Architects)

Arlington School Board members have affirmed their desire to see the cost of a new 725-seat elementary school in Westover come down, but have left it in the hands of a planning group to proffer cost-cutting suggestions.

Board members on Aug. 2 approved the schematic design for the new elementary school, to be built adjacent to Westover Library, while providing “strong direction” that the building-level planning committee find ways to trim costs.

The school initially was budgeted at around $49 million, but currently is estimated to cost $55 million – without yet accounting for the possibility of construction materials costing more due to international trade disputes.

The vote on the schematic design was 3-0; School Board members Nancy Van Doren and Barbara Kanninen were absent.