BOS Receives New Option
For Proposed Elementary School
The Board of Supervisors at its October 9 meeting received a new option for construction of a new elementary school from members of the Prince George School Board.
School Board Chairman Bobby Cox and Vice Chairman Lewis Stevenson joined representatives from Moseley Architects in offering to the BOS a different twist to the discussions regarding the new school that has been the subject of debate for several months.
The latest School Board proposal is to construct an elementary school directly behind the current Walton Elementary School. Moseley reps told the BOS the footprint could work without purchasing additional property, and Chairman Cox said it would serve 850 students. Students would remain in the current school and then transition into the new one.
The new proposal carries an estimated price tag of $32,139,750, according to proposed construction documents. Early estimates determined the new elementary school would cost just over $29 million and would be covered by a five-cent increase in the real estate tax previously agreed upon by the BOS and dedicated solely to debt service.
On September 11, the BOS approved funding for a new elementary school that would be built on property that is located on Middle Road. That property was proffered years ago for a school and cannot be used for any additional purpose.
BOS members have said the Walton site is a prime piece of property for economic development and eventually would be sold to private developers who would continue to expand the commercial presence already in that area.
Other matters to come before the BOS at its Worksession & Meeting:
- Presented a Commendation to County Administration Administrative Assistant Donna Traylor with the ‘You are the One’ Award for rescuing a lost cat that got loose from a family in North Carolina that had evacuated to Prince George County because of Hurricane Florence.
- Received the monthly VDOT report.
- Received a report from the Hopewell-Prince George Healthy Families.
- Received a report on the Back to School Fair.
- Received a report on the 2016 results for Kids Count.
- Discussed the 2018 General Assembly actions.
- Unanimously deferred action until the October 23 meeting on a Special Exception request to locate an Adventure Park at New Scott Park.
- Unanimously approved appropriation of $38,638 for Courthouse Carpet; Circuit Court Filing System; and part-time wages for the Assessor’s Office.
- Unanimously approved revisions to the County Streetlight Policy.
- Unanimously approved a BOS retreat for 5 p.m. Monday, October 29 at the Central Wellness Center.
- Unanimously appointed Teresa Knott as Clerk to the Board of Supervisors.
- Unanimously appointed County Administrator Percy Ashcraft & Police Chief Keith Early to the Riverside Regional Jail Authority.
- Unanimously re-appointed Erma Brown to the Board of Zoning Appeals.
- Held a public hearing and unanimously approved amendments to the County’s Utility Ordinance.
- Held a public hearing and unanimously approved adoption of the strategic plan for Economic Development & Tourism.
- Held a public hearing and unanimously approved an ordinance to provide for the appointment of a Clerk to the Board of Supervisors.
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