Henrico Public Schools seeks input on new elementary school

Henrico Public Schools seeks input on new elementary school
A new school will be built next to Elizabeth Holladay Elementary School. (Source: NBC12)

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Henrico Public Schools is asking for feedback on what they should do with the new $20 million Brookland area Elementary School being built next to Elizabeth Holladay Elementary on Galaxie Road in the Brookland District.

The project is one of many that voters approved in the 2016 bond referendum. More than half of the $419.8 million bond referendum is going toward the school district. $272.6 million will be used renovate schools and build new schools too, like Brookland.

The new school is being built because of overcrowding at schools like Holladay Elementary and Johnson Elementary, but right now the district is unsure of what exactly will happen inside the walls.

They want community input on this next step.

"Is it going to be a completely stand alone kindergarten through fifth grade elementary school right next to an existing elementary school?" Andy Jenks, the director of Communications and Public Relations for the district said. "Or perhaps can we get creative and innovative with programming that's in the new building? So would one building be K through two; would the other building be 3 through 5? Would it be some sort of STEM academy for science, technology, engineering, art and math? Would there be some sort of bilingual option?"

The district decided on the spot next to Holladay after looking at a number of spots in Henrico County.

"Henrico already owns the space next to Holladay, and it's more than sufficient for building a new school and comes without the cost of buying and needing to obtain land from multiple land owners," said Jenks. "It's a really amazing time to be a parent of a student who is going through these buildings or will be going through these buildings because they will get the upgrades they deserve and that our community has wanted for quite some time."

Parents are urged to share their ideas with their school board member. Adam Chavez who lives in the Lakeside region is happy the new school is being built.

"We were really happy about it because they have the temporary buildings there they've had for years and kids will actually be able to migrate into an actual school," Chavez said.

If things go according to schedule, the new elementary school will open in the fall of 2021.

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