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Community meeting scheduled to discuss façade components for Matoaca Middle

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The Matoaca Middle community is invited to a construction update meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at Matoaca Middle East, 6001 Hickory Road. Residents will receive an update on school design, review options for what the exterior of the school might look like and begin voting on the façade they prefer. Online voting will continue for approximately two weeks.

“This community meeting is a great way to engage the community, provide an opportunity for community input and give everyone an active role in the renovation of the Matoaca Middle East campus,” said School Board Vice Chair Rob Thompson, who represents the Matoaca District. “We’re excited about what it means to bring two Matoaca Middle campuses together, while also providing a great site for a replacement Matoaca Elementary.”

Last fall, the Chesterfield County School Board approved a new plan to build a new wing onto the current Matoaca Middle East campus. The new wing design is from the new middle school prototype and will add approximately 20 classrooms and provide space for students currently attending class at the Matoaca Middle West campus. (Matoaca Middle is currently split into an East and West campus, with eighth-graders and the center-based gifted program at the East campus and sixth- and seventh-graders at the West campus.)

The current Matoaca Middle West campus will be the location for the new replacement Matoaca Elementary, one of the construction projects that was part of the 2013 bond referendum overwhelmingly approved by Chesterfield County voters. The construction of the new 750-student elementary school will coincide with the construction of the new Matoaca Middle wing.

“Once the new wing is complete, the two campuses will be consolidated into one school on the existing East campus site in 2020,” Thompson explained. “Combining these two campuses allows for a more unified middle school community and a more efficient operation. It also opened the door to have a location for the Matoaca Elementary replacement school. This is a win-win for the Matoaca community.”