7 Things You Need to Know
THE BOND REFERENDUM WILL FUND...
Needed classroom expansion due to recent growth and modernization to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.
THE COST WILL BE...
WE NEED TO BUILD BECAUSE...
The current building is over capacity by more than 100 children. We no longer have a library, and we no longer have a music room. Both have been transformed into needed classrooms. Three additional classes are being held in trailers. All current space is being utilized. TJ is also crowded. The expansion will allow us to move 2nd grade to MD, freeing up much-needed space on that site.
NEW CONSTRUCTION WILL INCLUDE...
Over 65,820 square feet (21,316 sqft remain intact) of brand-new classrooms, along with a new gymnasium, a separate new cafeteria, a new media center, and new day care offices.
THE BUILDING IS EXPECTED TO LAST...
At least 50 years. As for capacity, enrollment projections are hard to make for children who have not been born. However, we project that it will take at least 20 years to fill up 12 classrooms on each grade.
IF WE DO NOT EXPAND AT MOUNT DANIEL...
We would need to spend more on trailers, which cost more in the long run. We would still invest in ADA upgrades and additional sprinklers. Eventually, we would need to limit PE class as growth continues because the current gym also serves as the cafeteria. Children eventually would need to eat lunch starting around 10:45 am in order to get the lunches served in the shared space. We would lose valuable outdoor space for single-story trailers. TJ would also experience similar problems.
THE CITY’S FINANCING PLAN...
The city has an array of financing options for all capital projects. Funds can come through many sources, including local taxes, the proceeds from the water system sale, proffers dedicated for school use from current development, and the sale of bonds.
Questions and Answers
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Where will classes be held during construction?
The safety plan was a part of the Request for Proposals. Relocatable classroom buildings will house students on-site in excellent temporary space during construction. Once the building is completed, students will move into the brand new classrooms.
Will this be more safe and secure?
Mount Daniel was built in 1952, before safety features such as cameras, buzzer entrances, and ADA compliance became today’s standards. The new construction will address all of these issues, and also add sprinklers to a section of the building which currently is not sprinkled. If the bond fails, these items will not get fixed
What is the Construction Schedule?
Permitting would begin immediately following approval of the Bond Referendum, followed by construction. Planned completion is October 2016.
Why not place more trailers on site instead of expanding the building?
Trailers have a useful life of approximately 15 years. Schools are built to last for 50. Thus trailers would need to be replaced almost 3.5 times over the next five decades. As a result, using trailers would be more expensive than expanding Mt. Daniel as proposed.
What would it cost for a total tear down and replacement?
We are doing a total tear-down of all old spaces. The only rooms remaining are less than 10 years old.
Why Not Build Higher and Bigger?
The height (3 stories) is maximum for the space and the developmental age of the students.
What about storm water?
Storm water management will be enhanced per Virginia Code.
Why not put it on the GM/MEH Campus and sell the Mount Daniel land?
The school division does not believe it is in the best interest of small children to be located next to I-66 , Route 7, and the Metro.
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