CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Chesterfield County School Board has voted to construct a new Manchester Middle School. The original plan had been to renovate the existing middle school on Hull Street Road.
The revised budget for the renovation of Manchester Middle school was $41.6 million. The construction management firm overseeing the school division’s bond referendum-related capital projects has estimated that a replacement school would cost between $39.3 million and $40.7 million.
Manchester Middle School originally opened in 1964 as a high school. Currently, the school serves more students that its functional capacity of 1,317.
The last major renovations occurred in 1981 and 1984. Prior to the start of the renovation project, there were 18 mobile classrooms housed at the school with an anticipated enrollment of 1,409 students for the 2016-17 school year.
The replacement middle school design would accommodate 1,100 students in 130,000 square feet of space. It would also fit the middle school size outlined in the Chesterfield County Comprehensive Plan. The replacement school would be similar in size to Providence Middle.
“One important component with the construction of this replacement school is that we are able to build it on the existing site, allowing for minimal disruption to our students during the construction process,” said Midlothian District School Board member Dr. Javaid Siddiqi.
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