[FOR MEDIA ONLY: The school division welcomes media coverage of these three ribbon cuttings and will provide designated space that is socially distanced for footage of the actual events. At the completion of each virtual ribbon cutting ceremony, pictures and video will be available on Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Facebook page for media to use if they are unable to attend.]
Three more school replacement construction projects approved by Chesterfield County residents through the 2013 school bond referendum will wrap up this fall. New replacement buildings for Harrowgate Elementary, Matoaca Elementary and Manchester Middle are part of a strategic investment initiated by previous School Boards that will allow for more equitable and safer schools across the school division.
“The overwhelming support the community showed when voting for the bond referendum speaks volumes about the importance our residents place on equity and education,” Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty said. “The completion of these school replacement construction projects will provide our students and teachers with remarkable learning environments where they feel both safe and supported as they imagine tomorrow.”
Through these school construction efforts, Chesterfield County Public Schools’ projects have addressed the need to replace the older school facilities and overcrowding in elementary schools in the northern part of the county.
“The previous School Board was dedicated to improving our school construction process and worked hard to ensure that projects were completed on time and under budget,” School Board Chair Debbie Bailey said. “We are pleased to continue their efforts in revitalizing the community and providing our students with learning opportunities that are conducive to 21st century learning environments.”
This year’s ribbon cutting ceremonies will be different from previous years. Due to state guidelines for gatherings, each of the celebrations will be held virtually to help maintain proper social distancing. All three ribbon-cutting ceremonies will be available for the community to watch live on Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Facebook page.
Located in southern Chesterfield County in the Bermuda District, the original Harrowgate Elementary was built in 1959. Numerous additions and renovations have occurred over the years, with the latest renovation taking place during the summer of 2006. The new building is located on a former recreational area in
Harrowgate Park next to Carver Middle. It is just shy of 96,000 square feet and is built to accommodate up to 750 students. Contracted for approximately $22.5 million, the new Harrowgate Elementary project will be completed on time and under budget.
Physically located in the Midlothian District and serving students from throughout the county, the old Manchester Middle School opened in the fall of 1992 as a middle school. Prior to that, the 55-year-old building served as Manchester High School. Contracted for approximately $41 million, the new Manchester Middle project will be completed on time and under budget. It is about 140,000 square feet and built to house approximately 1,100 students.
Located in southern Chesterfield County within the Matoaca District, Matoaca Elementary originally was constructed in 1937 within the Village of Matoaca. The new building is located on the same land as the previous West campus of Matoaca Middle School. It is just shy of 93,000 square feet and will house approximately 750 students. Contracted for approximately $25 million, the new Matoaca Elementary project will be completed on time and under budget.