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Manchester Middle School Area
Frequently Asked Questions

Schools 

  1. Will there be safety improvements to the school?
    Yes. The project will: 1) improve visibility and access control for the public entrance; 2) provide safe separation between buses and other vehicles; and 3) include improvements to the fire safety system.
  2. Will there be bus access to Hull Street Road?
    Yes. The proposed access plan would relocate bus access to the east end of the site, using an existing driveway entrance at that location. This will separate bus traffic from parent and visitor areas, improving safety and convenience.
  3. What is the project timeframe?
    The project is in the early design phase. Construction should begin in 2016 and take approximately three years to complete.
  4. Will there be additions to the building?
    Construction plans have not yet been completed.
  5. Will the renovation utilize existing space more efficiently and accommodate students?
    Yes, these are major goals for the project.
  6. Will there be trailers during and after construction?
    There will be temporary trailers during construction to accommodate students displaced by construction activities. After construction is complete, there should be adequate permanent building space to accommodate student and program needs.
  7. What will the floor plan look like?
    Construction plans have not yet been completed.
  8. What will be the budget overrun for this project?
    The school division and School Board will make every reasonable attempt to remain within the budget discussed during bond referendum presentations. However, we acknowledge that the school division and School Board have no control over any potential spikes in national construction cost trends.
  9. The front sign is sun-bleached. Will this project include sign replacement?
    Yes.
  10. Will the project improve technology at the school?
    The wireless bandwidth available at the school has been increased exponentially during the past three years as the school division prepared for additional technology to be distributed to students. At the start of the 2014-15 school year, each Manchester Middle student received a Chromebook as part of the school division’s Anytime, Anywhere Learning initiative. The renovation project will allow for further enhancement of instructional technology.
  11. When will proposed plans be better defined?
    The project is in the early design phase. Detailed concept plans should be complete in late 2015.
  12. Will exterior improvements enhance the community?
    Yes. The building and site improvements will be modernized, providing high-quality design at this important community gateway location.
  13. Is maintenance of open and green space incorporated into the project plan?
    Maintenance of the school grounds is provided by Parks and Recreation through a contract with the School Board.
  14. What will be the Pupil / Teacher Ratio (PTR) when the project is complete?
    The pupil-teacher ratio will not be impacted by this project. However, as a result of budget-related actions taken by the School Board and Board of Supervisors during the past two years, class sizes will have been reduced by 1.5 at the start of the 2015-16 school year.
  15. What is the project budget?
    The Manchester Middle renovation project is $34.1 million.
  16. Are there asbestos issues in the school?
    Per environmental requirements, asbestos management plans are located in schools and school division offices where an issue has been identified.
  17. What techniques will be used to minimize construction noise during school hours?
    As the architect noted, there are several options we can consider moving forward. These options are similar to steps taken while renovating schools like Robious Middle, Midlothian Middle and Salem Middle while school was in session. Day work will include limitations on noise, with the ability to relocate classrooms as necessary for safety and/or noise reasons. Work also can be done during the summer and at night to minimize impact. The construction team will work with building leadership to learn more about the school’s schedule, particularly testing, moving forward.
  18. Will the schools be addressing core curriculum, to fit the building to the program instead fitting the program to the building?
    Programmatic needs have been reviewed with school leadership.

Parks and Recreation 

  1. Will there be improved access to playing fields?
    Yes. Proposed site improvements include walkways and trail connections to playing fields.

Transportation 

  1. Why will the new fire lane only be accessible by Fire Department vehicles, and not provide public access between Hull Street Road and Walmsley Boulevard?
    The new access road will be limited to emergency vehicle use, to improve response time and ability to serve residential areas located south of Walmsley Boulevard. A full access public road would cost significantly more than a fire access road, and due to budget constraints was not feasible. Additionally, a full public access road would involve significant design constraints due to the impact upon environmental features and existing development to the south.
  2. Instead of a crosswalk on Hull Street Road, there should be a flyover or underpass.
    There is an existing crosswalk on Hull Street Road, adjacent to the main driveway. A flyover option would likely be cost-prohibitive. County staff are researching the feasibility of signalizing the crosswalk for pedestrians as well as the potential for a future underpass to improve safe pedestrian access across Hull Street.
  3. Will the sidewalk on the north side of Hull Street Road stop at Turner Road?
    The County is at the preliminary stages of evaluating sidewalk improvements in this area. The draft Bikeways and Trail Plan encourages pedestrian access along Hull Street Road, between Chippenham Parkway and Falling Creek (west of LaPrade Library).
  4. What is the budget for sidewalk and trails improvements in the area?
    There are currently no budgeted funds for sidewalk and trails improvements in the vicinity of the school. Future funding will be evaluated through the normal budget process, which typically includes long-term funding through the Capital Improvements Program for limited pedestrian access improvements.
  5. When will we have a budget for sidewalks?
    Once we’ve had citizen input and a better understanding of community needs for these facilities, we can start the planning and budgeting. Costs for sidewalks and pedestrian crossings are highly dependent on the actual situation. Sidewalk construction costs can range from $100 to $500 per linear foot. A single crosswalk with pedestrian actuation and accessibility upgrades is estimated to cost approximately $15,000.
  6. Will this project expand public transit along Hull Street Road?
    No.
  7. Sidewalks should extend down Walmsley Boulevard.
    The County is at the preliminary stages of evaluating sidewalk improvements in this area. The draft Bikeways and Trail Plan does not recommend sidewalks along Walmsley Boulevard at this time.
  8. Concerned about the effectiveness of slurry sealing of roads.
    Road maintenance is responsibility of VDOT. VDOT has found that slurry sealing is the most cost-efficient method of extending the life of existing pavement.
  9. Will the road improvements along Newbys Bridge Road include sidewalks?
    The road improvement projects along Newbys Bridge Road will, in most areas, accommodate pedestrians with a flat, graded area adjacent to the road or behind the curb and gutter.
  10. How do you request installation of sidewalks?
    Sidewalk requests can be sent to Jesse Smith, Director of Transportation for the county, at: smithjw@chesterfield.gov.

Environmental Engineering 

  1. What is involved in stream restoration activities?
    Stream restoration projects vary, based on a variety of factors (such as existing stream conditions, water quality and stream flow impairments, and available funds). Typical improvements may include restoration of natural stream habitats and measures to reduce polluting effects of storm water runoff into the stream.
  2. There is flooding at the stream that crosses Lancer Boulevard.
    Environmental engineering staff will evaluate the problem and explore potential solutions.

Other 

  1. How does the residential rehabilitation tax credit work?
    The residential rehabilitation tax credit program provides an incentive to owners of older properties who are seeking to significantly improve residential structures. An 8-year tax abatement for the value of certain improvements is available, subject to guidelines and limits. This program is administered through the Department of Real Estate Assessments. Program information is available at: http://www.chesterfield.gov/content.aspx?id=2424 
  2. Will the County work with homeowner associations to provide project information?
    Yes. County staff are available to speak to your homeowner or community organization. Project information will be updated and available at: http://www.chesterfield.gov/communityrevitalization/
    In addition, the County is planning to hold an informational community workshop during Fall of 2015.
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