Planning begins for new elementary school in Chesterfield County


CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Chesterfield County Schools held their first meeting Wednesday night to talk about a new elementary school being built in Midlothian. The approval for the new school was a part of a 2013 bond referendum.

The new elementary school will come as a huge relief to the overcrowding problem at J.B. Watkins Elementary. In 2015, J.B. Watkins was at 115 percent capacity, and in 2017, it’s projected to reach 125 percent.

f37e0a22259645c8a6ec888d9fbf7515At Wednesday’s meeting, parents were able to express their concerns and their ideas to the school system.

Chesterfield County School officials said they are working on ways to manage the overcrowding in the meantime.

Officials also said they are looking forward to having the community’s input on every aspect of this new school, from the school colors to the mascot.

The school is projected to be open by the 2019 school year.

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