The Chesterfield County School Board today joined with members of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors, as well as school and county government officials and Enon residents, to break ground on the new replacement Enon Elementary School.
The replacement Enon 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.
“Located right here in the middle of the tight-knit community of Enon, this school is the consummate neighborhood school. As we heard back in 2013, generation after generation of families has attended Enon Elementary, and we’re excited that we could rebuild the school on this site to continue the tradition,” said School Board Member Carrie Coyner, whose Bermuda District includes Enon Elementary. “It was important to me, as a former Enon Elementary School student, that we address the needs of this community and our teachers, but especially our students. Everything we are doing with this project is about them – creating a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment and giving our students access to 21st century educational building with all of the necessary academic components.”
The new school will replace the original Enon Elementary, which was built in 1938 and underwent numerous renovations throughout its history. The new school will be built on the same site as the original school, which was demolished this summer. Enon Elementary students and staff are being housed at Marguerite Christian Elementary until the new Enon Elementary opens in January 2019.
“Enon Elementary School has been such a great place for learning, and it’s exciting to just imagine what our students and faculty members will be able to do given a 21st century building that is more conducive to the way we do teaching and learning today,” Superintendent Dr. James Lane said. “We are focused on the bond referendum projects, and we’re excited to see the second elementary school project break ground, as these revitalization projects are vital to creating the right environment to learn and continue to make Chesterfield County Public Schools a leader in education. “
In addition to the construction of the new Enon Elementary, construction is also underway for a replacement Beulah Elementary and construction on a new Old Hundred Elementary is expected to begin within the next year. A replacement Matoaca Elementary and new replacement Manchester Middle are also slated for construction.