New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | November 19, 2017

New Kent schools’ proposed CIP carries $1.1 million tag

By Andre Jones | November 6, 2017 10:38 pm

The construction of a high school stadium concession stand and storage area is part of recommended Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) for the 2018-19 fiscal year for New Kent County schools.

School leaders approved the nearly $1.1 million in proposed projects during the Nov. 6 regular monthly board meeting.

Superintendent of schools Dave Myers addressed board members of the possibility to replace the concession stand and an adjacent storage facility during the October regular meeting. After meeting with director of maintenance Tim Pollock, the superintendent provided a background on the conditions of the current building.

“If you’ve ever attended a football game, you can see how cramped the people are in there and the age of that building,” Myers said. “Tim and myself often talk about that building and he’s told me that he is afraid that termites could literally get into the wood in there and cause that building to collapse.”

The proposal for the concession stand also consists of a storage area for athletic items as well. Currently, a nearby separate shed houses a majority of track and field items that include hurdles and pole vault poles. Construction of the concession stand would account for approximately $300,000 of the $1.1 million tag.

Three other items eclipse the $100,000 barrier in the proposed CIP. Replacement of buses tops the expense list at a total of $486,445. The addition of a modular trailer for either New Kent Elementary or George Watkins Elementary is pegged at $122,557, and the final payment as part of the technology one-to-one digital conversion comes in with a $100,000 price tag. Other items listed as part of the proposed CIP are replacing HVAC units at the middle school ($35,000), roof maintenance ($25,000), and miscellaneous school projects i.e. painting ($25,000).

Two ongoing items are also listed on the CIP proposal, mostly to continue addressing the growing enrollment in the school system. A new elementary school ($28 million) and renovations at New Kent Elementary ($13,642,550) are items that have been in discussions for several years, with the former currently in the negotiations process. According to Myers, while discussions continue to be private, he confirmed to school leaders that a specific location has been identified for construction of the new school. He also indicated that civil engineering may be necessary at that location to confirm its suitability for the construction of the facility.

Also in an update, a project that was listed on last year’s CIP expects to be completed by the end of this month.

According to Pollock, New Kent Middle School’s addition is nearing the final phases. Flooring and windows are currently being installed in the new portion of the building. The project was expedited as part of a collaboration between the school board and New Kent supervisors back in January. During the board of supervisors January work session, Myers told county leaders at that meeting that he expected enrollment to increase at the middle school by 150 students over the next six years and does not foresee that number ever reducing. The addition consists of 4,750 square feet that is expected to house at least four classrooms.