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MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (March 2019)

The Chesterfield County School Board will break ground on the school division’s newest school construction project on March 12. The groundbreaking for a replacement Matoaca Elementary School starts at 10 a.m. at 20300 Halloway Avenue in South Chesterfield.

This will be the seventh groundbreaking in the past two years for Chesterfield County Public Schools.

“Improving the school construction process was an area of emphasis for this current School Board,” Chair Rob Thompson said. “We have worked hard to better define the scope of projects, stay within or below the proposed budgets, and deliver completed projects on time. As a result, we have become more effective stewards of the investments our taxpayers made in public education.” Four more replacement school groundbreakings are scheduled within the next 16 months. By the end of this construction plan, each magisterial district will have at least one new elementary school within its borders.

“This construction plan helps us demonstrate equity in resource allocation and supports the School Board’s efforts to provide all students with the access to the resources necessary to succeed,” Vice Chair Dr. Javaid Siddiqi added. “As a Board, we are excited that we have been able to successfully implement an aggressive school construction plan that has led to better, safer learning environments for students across the school district.”

The replacement 750-student Matoaca Elementary School is scheduled to open in fall 2020. The new school, which will replace the original school built in 1937, was overwhelmingly approved by county voters as part of the 2013 school bond referendum. The replacement Matoaca Elementary will be constructed on the site of the current Matoaca Middle West campus. That location became available when the School Board voted to build Phase I of a replacement Matoaca Middle. Phase I, which includes approximately 30 classrooms, will accommodate the Matoaca Middle students currently attending the West Campus. Phase I is part of a new middle school prototype approved by the School Board in 2017 and is expected to be completed by January 2020.

“This plan is a win-win for the Matoaca community,” Thompson said. “After looking at nearly 40 potential sites to build an elementary school, we have a proven site and the opportunity to save costs related to land acquisition, utilities and infrastructure. I’m also looking forward to the time when we can finally bring the two Matoaca Middle campuses under one roof, creating instructional and operational efficiencies.”

About the 2013 school bond referendum

The Matoaca Elementary construction project is part of the bond referendum overwhelmingly approved by Chesterfield County voters in 2013 that will renovate and/or replace older school facilities in the county. The projects include the renovation of seven elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school and the construction of a new elementary school. The Monacan High and Providence Middle renovation projects are complete, and replacement Beulah and Enon elementary schools have opened as well. Construction on a new Old Hundred Elementary continues. The last four projects include replacement elementary schools for Crestwood, Ettrick, Harrowgate and Reams.

 
 

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