School and county leaders broke ground today on a replacement building for Falling Creek Middle School.
Virginia Public School Authority bonds are being used to finance the new building, which is expected to cost about $100 million and open for the 2024-25 school year. The new building will accommodate up to 1,800 students and is being built next to the current Falling Creek Middle School, which was built in 1966 and has a capacity of 1,080 students. Falling Creek Middle enrollment is 1,469 (as of Sept. 30, 2021).
“Now is the right time to replace Falling Creek Middle with a larger, 21st-century building,” said Debbie Bailey, Chesterfield County School Board member representing the Dale District. “Despite renovations and improvements over the decades, it is showing its age. The new building will better reflect the importance this community places on public education. I love that our new school building is going up so close to our current building because students and staff members will be able to see how it progresses — and anticipate moving into the new building in 2024. As a former teacher, I understand the energy and excitement that will create.”
Several speakers, including Superintendent Merv Daugherty, noted that joint leadership by the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors and School Board enabled construction on the replacement school to begin sooner than originally expected. “Our School Board and Board of Supervisors agree that we need to provide top-quality teaching and learning environments to affirm to families that they are making their home in the right place,” Dr. Daugherty said. “I want to thank our School Board and Board of Supervisors for their joint leadership, which is making it possible to replace Falling Creek Middle — and plan for a new middle school in the Route 360 corridor.”