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The Virginian — Pilot (Norfolk, VA.)
CHESAPEAKE — The School Board votes today on its Capital Improvement Plan, which lists major projects the division wants to accomplish.
Some upcoming goals are expanding full-day kindergarten and spending $6.5 million to repair two aging football stadiums.
Not all the work will happen on the division's timeline.
Money for projects comes entirely from the city, which has other priorities, like transportation and public safety.
Here are more details on the division's goals for the next few years:
Full-day kindergarten expansion
The division is gradually bringing full-day kindergarten to every school with children that age and has identified buildings that need more space. Grassfield Elementary, Greenbrier Primary and Western Branch Primary are on the list — Greenbrier and Western Branch started full-day last year but are using portables to support the program. The plan estimates small expansions of all three schools would cost about $11 million and be finished by 2020-21.
Parts of Deep Creek's Nathan T. Hardee and Great Bridge's Colon L. Hall stadiums are deteriorating. The division wants to renovate the existing facilities with new locker rooms, training rooms, restrooms, concession areas and other space. Each project would cost $3.25 million, and the goal is for both to be ready by next fall.
The school on Dock Landing Road is 60 years old and needs upgrades. Design work should begin early next year to decide whether to replace the building or modernize and expand. Either way, capacity is expected to grow from 650 to about 950 — as of November it had 754 students. The division estimates it'll need about $25 million for construction and have work done by 2021-22.
Work is under way on a new Great Bridge Primary School, which is scheduled to be completed next summer. An addition to Hickory Middle should be finished by next fall.
Mike Connors, 757-222-5217, michael.connors@ pilotonline.com
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