July 11, 2013
With lots of development in Albemarle County, expansion is necessary for schools and the school board is planning out the next five years of that expansion.
"We're seeing housing continuing to explode and we know that the populations of all of those schools, starting at the elementary level will continue to grow," said Josh Davis, Chief Operating Officer of Albemarle County Public Schools.
On Thursday, the school board sat down to prioritize specific school projects which will break ground sometime in the next five years.
First priority is Agnor-Hurt Elementary School. The school went through redistricting this year and is still overcrowded.
"We do know that's going to continue to grow, we really need additional seats there and we have expanded the scope of that project this year it's adding 400,000 to the price tag to improve the bus parking and drop off and parent parking and drop off also to improve the logistics of the school," said Davis.
Another goal for Agnor-Hurt, Red Hill and Yancey Elementary Schools is to get rid of the trailers.
"One of the boards' priorities over not only the next 5 years but as they go through the next 6 through 10 is to find projects that can keep all the children safe in a building to receive learning int eh world class facilities we believe they deserve in Albemarle County," Davis said.
As the school board plans the future of the school district on Thursday, Davis moves on.
"It's a very bittersweet day," Davis said, who took a position in the Henrico County School District. "Our children are gonna grow up to be productive citizens and thrive in the future and I'm just so fortunate to have been part of that for 4 and a half years."
What the school board prioritizes on Thursday is just one big step in a long process. It will then go to two committees who will analyze if the projects are in fact necessary and then how they will fit into the county's plan as a whole. Then it will get to the Board of Supervisors for their final approval and funding next spring.