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Posted on: September 8, 2021

Chesterfield Board of Supervisors, School Board Consider Building Two New Middle Schools

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Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors 

Chesterfield County Public Schools 

Sept. 8, 2021 

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors and School Board convened during a rare joint work session Wednesday evening to discuss issuing $130 million in bonds to construct two new middle schools – a year earlier than anticipated. 

A new middle school campus would be constructed on county-owned property in Upper Magnolia Green, along the western U.S. Route 360 corridor, to relieve capacity issues at Tomahawk Creek Middle School and address future student enrollment. A new Falling Creek Middle School would be constructed on the school’s current site and feature a larger, modern building that meets the needs of 21st century education.

During the 2020-21 school year, Tomahawk Creek had 1,648 students in a school built to accommodate 1,358 and operated at 121 percent of design capacity. Falling Creek had 1,431 students in a school built for 1,152 and operated at 124 percent of design capacity. Both extensively use modular classroom units.

Construction for each campus expected to cost about $65 million, with plans to open both campuses by the start of the 2024-25 school year. 

County and school staff are proposing to make a one-time, $27 million payment to a supplemental retirement plan (SRP) for Chesterfield County Public Schools employees – bringing it to fully funded status several years earlier than expected – and reallocate the school division’s future SRP contributions to pay off the new school construction bonds over time.

The proposal also would effectively increase the school division’s share of the planned 2022 bond referendum by $130 million, which if approved by voters next November, will provide CCPS another $300 million to address capacity challenges and continue revitalizing its aging buildings without having nearly half of that money tied up in just two school sites. 

The School Board is expected to vote on the middle school construction projects at its Sept. 14 monthly business meeting. The Board of Supervisors has scheduled a public hearing for its Sept. 22 meeting, after which it also is expected to vote on the proposed bond issuance. 

Read the full article about the proposed middle school construction and financing, including comments from the Board of Supervisors and School Board that can be used for publication. 

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