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School board to request funding for study

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com

After approving a contract with Ballou Justice Upton Architects, the Warren County School Board voted to request funds from the Board of Supervisors to cover a study of two prospective sites for a new middle school.

Richmond-based Ballou Upton Justice Architects handled the restoration, renovation and additions for the new Warren County Middle School. The firm is currently working on three school projects in the state.

Subject to funding from the board of supervisors, the firm will begin studies on traffic flow and the general location of both possible sites for the new school, according to Louis Justis, Assistant Superintendent for Administration.

One site, owned by the Economic Development Authority is located at the north end of the proposed Leach Run Parkway. The other site is an Environmental Study Area off of John Marshall Highway, and is already owned by the school district.

Once the study is completed, the firm will make a recommendation and then continue with phase two of the project, which includes designing the new building.

To cover the study, the school board will request $102,085 to be taken from the Historic Tax Credit Fund, Justis said. The request will be made at the Aug. 21 board meeting.

If the funds are approved, Justis said he'd like to see the study begin immediately and be finished within 90 days.


Middle schools???How on earth can you even consider that when young children are attending "ghetto schools" like Ressie Jeffries and Rhodes? This is just ridiculous and it looks like we need to make a change in "upper management" ! What is the cost of this "study" and who is feeding the information?

I've never been in A.S. Rhodes, but it is a good question. If you are un-lucky enough to get duped into an event in the Ressie gymnasium, made longer by the forced PTO meetings on the people that chose not to join...bring a hand fan, its like an oven in there. LFK doesn't even have actual walls between all its classrooms.
I wouldn't necessarily call them "ghetto" but they do need gutted and rebuilt and/or seriously repaired.

You approve a contract WITHOUT there being funds approved yet?

Makes sense to me. What if the funds AREN'T approved?

You can't request an open-ended amount from the supervisors. The School Board and the architects have to agree on the amount and what is to be provided first. The contract would be contingent on the supervisors approving the funds. It is sort of like getting an estimate on a home repair.

There is no way that Happy Creek road can handle the traffic for this new school.

If I were a bureaucrat, I would merely designate the site off Route 55, saving the county a hundred thousand dollars. Then I would merely take a modest commission of 10%.

However, I'm not a bureaucrat, I'm a taxpayer. And I note with interest that the proposed study does not include a look at projections of future costs – for new teachers, vehicles, maintenance, and the ever-expanding number of administrators who seldom see the inside of a classroom.

Ah, yes. Taxes and spending are always “for the children.” Whether we’re getting our money’s worth, however, is another question.

Let’s face it. We are in a down economy heading for depression. Our supervisors seem bent on saddling future generations with an ever-increasing debt load.

If this keeps up, the only people left in Warren County able to pay their taxes at all will be government employees and retirees. Everybody else will be fighting to find enough money to pay the taxes on their homes to avoid expropriation by the county for back taxes – and that assumes that they’re going to be able to pay off their mortgages.

We need a Board with Supervisors who understand the dire economic straits that are confronting the residents of the county who are not government employees. Today's supervisors seem to find money lying around the pay bonuses and raises for school teachers and County employees, while families are making drastic sacrifices to stay above water.

I don't know what it is – perhaps the proximity to Washington – that prompts the supervisors constantly to look for ways to spend more money and reward their colleagues in government. I don't know how they can sleep at night, surrounded by people who are losing their homes, their jobs, and their livelihoods while the supervisors build more government buildings for more government employees that will require more government funding that we don't have and will not have in the future.

It's time for the Board of Supervisors to live within the means of the people in the county. This irresponsibility simply must end.

During the past few years the County of Warren has funded two new high schools, done extension renovations for a middle school, done renovations to the old library for a community center, built a new safety building, and started the construction of a regional jail. Frankly, we feel it is time to step back, regroup, and consider carefully any funding for another new school. As elected officials, the BOS has the responsibility of spending the taxpayers dollars wisely and many are beginning to question the wisdom of some of the expenditures. We would suggest the individual members of the BOS be contacted by those who are concerned about additional expenditures. We are constantly reminded of the hard economic times facing us and our elected officials need to keep this in mind.

ahh yes, A.S. rhodes is so so in the "hood" ghetto....too funny.

Who needs a study about the location. Just figure out which one of the proposed sites is owned by a local politician and put it there. It is what they are going to do anyway. Somehow they always seem to own the land the town or county needs. Hmmmmm.

I agree, the "ghetto schools" comment was really off the mark and comical. Yes, the schools have some age on them, and really could use a renovation.

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