Almost half of Chesterfield County's school buildings are in need of repair, but some are worse than others. The school board voted Friday which schools need to be renovated or replaced by the year 2020.
According to Chesterfield school officials, 24 of 61 schools need to be renovated or replaced. The school board identified nine schools that should have top priority to be repaired from 2014-2020.
The elementary schools identified for immediate repairs are Beulah, Crestwood, Enon, Ettrick, Harrowgate, Matoaca and Reams. Manchester and Providence Middle Schools also made the list.
The school board also discussed plans to build a new elementary school in the Western part of Chesterfield on Old Hundred Road.
"We definitely want to see upgrades," said Frank Cardella, President of the Chesterfield Education Association. "So all kids have the same access and the teachers have the ability to use their skills most effectively."
It's estimated that to fix the nine schools and build the new elementary school would cost the county around $250 million. That's why the school board says the list is preliminary. It depends on how much money the school division gets from the county's budget.
"That's the time when we'll start to identify revenue," said David Myers, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance. "That's when we'll see what the likelihood of all this is."
There will be opportunities for community input before the Board of Supervisors votes on the budget October 25th. The first public hearing will be on October 10th in the Chesterfield County Government Complex.
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