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School housing nation’s oldest public Mandarin immersion program to be demolished, rebuilt

July 10, 2018
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The new campus, to open in 2020.

Note that the Mandarin program isn’t closing, but the school where it’s been housed since it first opened in 1996, is being demolished and will be rebuilt. The current Potomac Elementary School building opened in 1927.

In July the school’s programs will move to Radnor Holding Facility in Bethesda for the duration of construction on the new school. The expected date of return to the River Road campus is January 2020.

Reliving Memories Before School Closes in Potomac

Potomac Elementary alumni share their school days.

Former students of Potomac Elementary School were invited to the school Thursday morning, April 12, to take one last look at the school, meet old friends and relive memories before the building is demolished this summer.

“It was fantastic, it turned out better than we anticipated, people were showing up with boxes of photos and mementos,” said Greg Barton, principal intern.

Sisters Suzy Potter Linger, who now lives in Ohio, and Carolyn Potter Summerville, of Bethesda, were among the first to arrive.

Both had fond memories of the school and mentioned that their father and uncle both attended Potomac Elementary in the 1920s when the school was located at the corner of Norton and Falls roads.

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