The Chesterfield County School Board on Tuesday night took action to support and advance three elementary school construction plans, which are designed to replace older facilities and help address increases in student enrollment in the western part of Chesterfield County.
The School Board approved the inclusion of a new 360 West elementary school in its already-approved Capital Improvements Plan. The Board also approved contract-spending limits for modular buildings that will host temporarily relocated students currently attending Crestwood and Reams elementary schools.
“When I think back to when this current School Board took office nearly four years ago, we identified a variety of topics that we wanted to tackle. School construction was one area of focus,” School Board Chair Rob Thompson said. “It’s important to note that when it comes to construction, this School Board has accomplished a number of positive things, including bringing in school construction projects at or below costs and opening replacement schools on time.”
Replacement Crestwood and Reams elementary schools are scheduled to open in Fall 2021. The projects are part of the bond referendum overwhelmingly approved by Chesterfield County voters in 2013 that addressed older school facilities in the county. The projects include the renovation or replacement of seven elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school and the construction of a new elementary school. The Monacan High and Providence Middle renovation projects are complete, and replacement Beulah and Enon elementary schools have opened as well. Construction on a new Old Hundred Elementary and a replacement Manchester Middle continues, and groundbreaking for a replacement Harrowgate Elementary is April 16. The last construction project scheduled is a replacement Ettrick Elementary.
“We’ve brought equity to our community with these projects,” Thompson noted. “Each magisterial district will have a brand new elementary school by the time all of the 2013 bond projects are implemented.”
A new 360 West elementary school
The School Board approved the inclusion of a new 360 West elementary school in its already-approved Capital Improvements Plan. The new elementary school would be built in the Magnolia Green subdivision, help alleviate overcrowding at Winterpock Elementary and support future student enrollment growth needs in the area.
The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on inclusion of the new elementary school in its CIP later today. If approved, construction of the new school would start in 2021, with a scheduled opening in Fall 2022. The elementary prototype already used in the construction of the replacement Beulah and Enon elementary schools will be used for the new 360 West corridor school.
According to housing data provided by the county government, nearly 6,000 new homes are in the approved residential development pipeline in that area. Without a new elementary school, current projections for 2030 enrollments show approximately 1,500 students at Winterpock Elementary and more than 1,250 students at Grange Hall Elementary.
Modular classrooms for temporary relocation of Crestwood, Reams students
Crestwood and Reams elementary schools are scheduled to be replaced, with construction scheduled to start this fall on the existing campus grounds. Because there is not enough space on the property for the existing school and a new school, students at Crestwood and Reams elementary schools will be relocated for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years.
Students attending Crestwood Elementary would be temporarily relocated to the Bon Air Elementary School campus, while students attending Reams Elementary would be temporarily relocated to the A.M. Davis Elementary School campus.
The School Board approved Tuesday night the addition of five large modular buildings to accommodate Crestwood students and six large modular buildings to accommodate Reams students. Original plans called for three mega trailers to be used during the temporary location.
Students would start in their temporarily relocated classroom in September 2019.