Warren School Board postpones approval of middle school design

The Warren County School Board voted Thursday to table a discussion on the design for a new middle school while it waits on more information from Ballou Justice Upton Architects.

At its regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 8, the board plans to consider the approval of construction drawings and authorization to advertise the invitation to bid for the new middle school.

The cost of the new school is estimated at $44,271,526.50, and financing has been secured through the sale of Virginia Public School Authority bonds, according to Melody Sheppard, assistant superintendent for administration.

The bonds have been on sale since July, and it’s been a process, she said.

“It actually was sold on one particular day and it was in November,” she said Friday.

She said the county, headed by County Administrator Douglas Stanley, led the bond sale.

Other potential topics for the January meeting include the election of a board chairman and vice chair, and the appointment of building committee representatives and a designee to attend meetings of the board in the absence of the division superintendent.

The board also plans to approve the 2015 School Board meeting calendar, a resolution authorizing payment of bills, a resolution authorizing payment of compensation and the 2015-16 program of studies, which includes a final course for Biomedical Innovation through Project Lead the Way.

The School Board’s next meeting will be at 4 p.m., Dec. 18.

Contact staff writer Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or jkeelor@nvdaily.com