School Switch

By: Philip Stewart
By: Philip Stewart

November 29, 2006

The Albemarle County school board shifted some of their plans in the district's Capital Improvement Program Wednesday night.

Board members moved closer to a decision to increase the number of students at Brownsville Elementary, instead of going forward with immediate renovations or expansion at Crozet Elementary.

The change could affect students as early as fall 2007. That's when redistricting could move some Crozet students to Brownsville.

According to the board, Brownsville Elementary has more than 70 open seats for extra students.

The switch would alleviate overcrowding in Crozet right now. No change at all would mean fifth graders, for example, could be sitting in trailers at the school for the next two years.

The Brownsville location is also more convenient to more students.

"Brownsville looks to be a as good as, or better a opportunity for expansion, because it is on a major highway, it is next to Old Trail," explained school board chair Sue Bell Friedman. "It's more of a regional elementary school."

The proposed change will be up for public comment at the board's meetings on December 7 and 14.

Board members also made it clear that renovations and improvements were still planned for Crozet Elementary, but not for another six years or so. Those plans would created more than a dozen new classrooms and a new gym.

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