September 26, 2007
It's a mega-million dollar decision. And Wednesday night the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors and the County School Board discussed plans to build a new high school.
Neither the school board, nor the board of supervisors could come to agreement on a price or a plan for the new school, despite hours of debate.
What they will do is hold a public hearing on October 17th to let the public weigh in.
Two plans were presented Wednesday. One prices at $68 million, the other at $75 million.
The school board says the current building is too small, built in the 1970s, and needs to be replaced. Members say the longer the district waits, the more it's going to cost.
"We pay for what we get," said Shirley LeVines, a member of the School Board, who also taught in the district for 20 years. "if we had built the school some years ago, it wouldn't have to be this price. But we chose not to and so if you keep on waiting, the price goes up, the county keeps growing, the school system keeps becoming more overcrowded, the you've got the same problem. So we need to go ahead and do something now."
But, the Board of Supervisors is concerned about the price tag. They say they don't want to see a big property tax hike to pay for the project.
"We have never really briefed the people (of Fluvanna County) on the immensity, the impact- I really believe that this will have, in the next four years, will increase taxes 100%," said Gene Ott, a member of the Board of Supervisors.
An interesting note, this would be the biggest project in Fluvanna county history, by a long shot. The most expensive project to date cost $8 million dollars, and it was for an expansion of the current high school.
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