The Manchester Middle School community is invited to a construction update meeting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 20 in the school’s auditorium. Residents will receive an update on the 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.
“We’re excited to provide residents with the opportunity to have an active role in the construction of a new Manchester Middle,” said School Board Chair John Erbach, whose Dale District sends a large number of students to Manchester Middle.
In June 2017, the Chesterfield County School Board adopted a prototype design for a replacement Manchester Middle and any subsequent middle schools built in Chesterfield County. The two-story design includes 139,000 square feet of learning space that will accommodate approximately 1,100 students. The design was used in the recently constructed Georgie Tyler Middle School in Isle of Wight County and meets the middle school size suggestions outlined in the Chesterfield County Comprehensive Plan.
“Purchasing a prototype design that can be used multiple times is an effective and efficient use of School Board funds,” said Midlothian District School Board representative Dr. Javaid Siddiqi, in whose district Manchester Middle is located.
Manchester Middle originally opened in 1964 as a high school. The last major renovations occurred in 1981 and 1984.
The Manchester Middle construction project is part of the bond referendum overwhelmingly approved by Chesterfield County voters in 2013. The new replacement school is scheduled to open in Fall 2020.
“The School Board and I look forward to providing residents and businesses near one of the key gateways to Chesterfield County with a 21st century educational facility that they can be proud of,” said Clover Hill District representative Dianne Smith, whose district also sends a large number of students to the school.