Decision on Chester Middle's future coming tonight

By Sunni Blevins – bio | email
Posted by Iva Radman

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -- Later today Chesterfield County school leaders are expected to make a decision about the future of Chester Middle School. The school board has been looking at nearly a dozen options concerning the future of Chester Middle and it has certainly created a lot controversy.

Hundreds of people have been lining the streets--showcasing their fears of the school shutting down--and packing community forums about the issue. There's even a group called "Save Chester Middle."

This move is all part of a plan to relieve overcrowding at Thomas dale high school. It is expected that school leaders will vote to close Chester Middle and turn it into a facility for Thomas Dale ninth graders--but allow rising 8th graders to finish out the 2010-2011 school year. That was not part of the original plan--which would have scattered 8th graders to other middle schools.

It's unclear whether this compromise will please both the school administration and opponents of closing the school.

TONIGHT: The Chesterfield School Board is set to discuss changes to the Capital Improvement Program which may affect Chester Davis and Carver Middle Schools and Thomas Dale High School.

The public will have time to weigh in on the issue which is one of the final items on the agenda. Following is the procedure by which the public may speak before the School Board at any of the above meetings:

1. Persons wishing to be heard on action items must notify the Superintendent's office by 2:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting; they will be heard when each item is considered.

2. Persons to be heard on non-agenda items will be heard during the specified section of the meeting.

3. It is requested that an individual conduct his/her presentation in three minutes.

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