The Chesterfield County School Board will join with members of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors, as well as school and county government officials, to break ground on a replacement Beulah Elementary School on Wednesday, May 31.
The replacement Beulah Elementary was one of 10 school revitalization projects approved by county residents in the 2013 bond referendum, which focused on renovating or replacing older school facilities. Approved projects include the renovation/replacement of seven elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school, as well as the construction of a new elementary school to relieve overcrowding at Watkins Elementary.
“I am excited to see construction start on a new Beulah Elementary. The existing school, built in 1928 with multiple additions since, has served the community well, but now is the time to bring a 21st-century facility online,” said School Board Vice Chair John Erbach, whose Dale District includes Beulah Elementary. “Chesterfield County is a community committed to promoting and maintaining a high quality of life for all citizens, and the construction of a replacement Beulah Elementary is a large component of revitalizing this area in the county. By investing in these types of projects, we also are preparing our students for successful futures while providing a safe, supportive and nurturing environment for students to grow.”
The replacement Beulah Elementary will be built at 5441 Beulah Road, making the school more centrally located in its student attendance zone. The current property is too small for the new prototype elementary school and lacks adequate parking. Additionally, by constructing the replacement school on a new parcel of land, the students and faculty will remain undisturbed in the current building until the new school opens in fall 2018.
“I am excited that during my first year working with the School Board we have been able to close out one high school renovation and make significant progress on projects associated with the bond referendum,” Superintendent Dr. James Lane said. “The Beulah renovation is the kick off of a four-elementary-school project that features a cost-saving prototype design that will create optimal learning environments for our students and staff members. We are excited to be a part of the county’s revitalization efforts with these needed replacement schools.”
Work on the replacement Enon Elementary will start later this summer. A replacement Matoaca Elementary and the new Old Hundred Elementary are also slated for construction.