Benedictine College Preparatory preparing for move

GOOCHLAND, VA (WWBT) - The race is on to move an entire school from Richmond to Goochland County by next school year. Benedictine College Preparatory will move to the Abbey off River Road.

There are a number of infrastructure projects involved in this move and county officials have said many times, the school will be responsible for all of the costs.

Their approval to move to Goochland came under controversy and residents still have mixed emotions.

"School out here, it means more kids more parents spending money out here," said Ron Nota, a local resident.

"It's kind of a big question mark for a lot of people right now," added Rick Murren.

That answer should come soon enough. School leaders hope to get moved by next school year.

"To remain competitive, to grow the school as we offer a better and better product, we just need more space to grow for our students and for our faculty," said Headmaster, Jesse Grapes.

Residents in Goochland County may notice some construction out here on River Road. The school is actually required to lengthen the turn lane before school starts to avoid traffic backups.

There's a lot of work to do to the school building too. The right wing already has a new exterior and energy efficient windows.

Among other things, the school will also need to upgrade sprinkler systems, create more parking spaces, and build retention ponds for water runoff.

"A lot of the prep work for construction has been done. We've already bid the work," said Grapes.

Grapes says the goal of starting school in Goochland County in the fall is always in sight: "I expect that this next school year, that school year will finish at the Benedictine Abbey."

School officials say they should know more about how the construction will impact the start of school in the coming months.

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