WOODSTOCK — With an eye on potential growth in the overall student population, Shenandoah County Public Schools Superintendent Melody Sheppard shared details with the School Board on Thursday about the hundreds of area homes that are either being proposed or developed.
“I confirmed this information over the last week,” Sheppard told the board at its pre-budget work session.
The residential properties include a 30-lot neighborhood called Edinburg Square in Edinburg and a 125-unit development in Maurertown.
In Strasburg, housing developments proposed or being developed consist of: Summit Crossing, which is slated to have a total of 112 townhomes and 144 single-family homes; Village at Cedar Creek, with 32 single-family houses; and Skyline Ridge, with 32 townhomes.
In Woodstock a total of almost 900 housing units are either proposed or under development:
• Glenmont, a development of 244 units with the potential to expand to more than 326 units;
• Riverwatch, with 95 units;
• Sunset Crest, with 36 units;
• Eagle Ridge, with 214 units;
• Orchard Hill, with 30 units;
• the 48-unit Woodstock Gateway;
• the six-lot Parkside Townhomes project;
• the 110 townhomes at Woodstock West and
• the 16-lot Mountainview Estates.
“Townhomes tend to bring more children than single-family homes,” Sheppard told the board.
However, if there is one child who lives at each of the 112 townhomes of Summit Crossing in Strasburg, “It doesn’t mean that all of those kids are going to go to Sandy Hook Elementary School,” she said. “It means they’re going to be spread throughout” the school division. “And not all of them will be a fourth-grade student. It may increase a class size (and therefore) we would need an additional teacher at one level, or not. It just depends on the people who move into those spaces.”
In response to a question from District 4 Board member Kyle Gutshall, Sheppard said there are no housing developments in the works in New Market or Mount Jackson.
Also during Thursday’s meeting, Sheppard shared information about the division’s list of more than $3.4 million worth of proposed fiscal year 2024 capital projects.
They include almost $1 million for maintenance projects, such as completing the upgrades of restrooms at elementary schools and making security camera improvements at middle and high schools.
Proposed transportation projects include replacing eight to 10 aging school buses in the next fiscal year, at an estimated cost of $1 million. The division hopes to replace a total of 52 buses over the next five years, Sheppard said.
She plans to present more information on the division’s overall proposed FY ‘24 budget at the School Board’s Feb. 9 meeting.
The budget could be adopted by the county Board of Supervisors and the School Board in late April.
“Ultimately, we would like to have an adopted budget by April 27,” Sheppard said.
The next fiscal year starts on July 1.
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