Plans for New Fluvanna High School Approved

By: Philip Stewart
By: Philip Stewart

April 19, 2006

The Fluvanna County School's "domino plan" got a new lease on life from the board of supervisors Wednesday night.

The board voted 4-2 to go ahead with the plan, which calls for a new Fluvanna County High School, and moves many other grades to other buildings.

With a price tag of $60 million, supervisors say the revisions to the original plan, which did not pass the board of supervisors, addressed the issue of student population.

They did, however, urge members of the school board to be sure that the new school is environmentally friendly and could also be used as a community center.

A student who spoke to the board during the public comments portion on the meeting, says $60 million is a lot of money, but that the community is investing in it's future.

"Students are really going to benefit from it," said Andrew Jackson, an 11th grader at Fluvanna County High School. He says those who did not want to see a new school built, "should see the positive outcomes of the new high school, rather than the negative effects."

Some of those negative effects were voiced by residents at the meeting. Several said the community simply couldn't afford it.

The new plan will accommodate as many as 2,500 students. The high school will be built using "pod" concept, which will allow for expansion if student population become a problem again. The design will also feature on-site vocational/technical facilities.

The next step will be to locate architects, who will begin drawing up designs for the new school.

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