Chesterfield County school and community leaders today held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Ettrick Elementary School. This is one of the projects approved by Chesterfield County voters through the 2013 school bond referendum. Budgeted for $33.76 million, the new Ettrick Elementary was completed on time and under budget.
“This is a guaranteed ‘Wow!’” said Dr. Merv Daugherty, superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools. “Working together, we have accomplished something great for our children and community. Let’s never forget that our schools are community buildings.”
Located in southern Chesterfield County in the Matoaca District, Ettrick Elementary has been educating children since the 1920s. Chesterfield County Public Schools broke ground on the new Ettrick Elementary in October 2019. With 95,990 square feet and capacity for 750 students, the new building is located on the same 14.5-acre campus as the previous building and will open to students Aug. 23, 2021.
“Today is an excellent day in the Matoaca District and for all of Chesterfield County,” said School Board Chair Ryan Harter, who represents the Matoaca District. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, “the past year and a half have been hard on all of us … but we persevered and pivoted to continue educating our students and improving our schools. Giving up was never an option because we know that public education is the heart of a strong and resilient community.”
The Ettrick Elementary project involved demolishing the previous building, which was constructed in 1967, and replacing it with a one-story, brick veneer building. Designed with a core zone (for administration, media center, art, music and cafetorium) and three academic wings for grades K-5, the new Ettrick Elementary is part of the master plan to revitalize the Ettrick area.
Security features include cameras, motion sensors, card access readers and fencing. Additional features include 75-inch interactive monitors in all classrooms; flexible common space in each wing; dedicated wi-fi throughout the building; LED lighting; water bottle stations; ample storage in each classroom; and touchless lavatories and flush sensors in restrooms. Site improvements include ornamental piers and fencing along Chesterfield Avenue and Paine Street (in keeping with the Ettrick area plan); relocating the entrance to Paine Street; a large teacher and staff parking lot with a parent drop-off loop; a separate school bus entrance and drop-off loop; playgrounds; athletic fields; and enhanced stormwater management.