High schools have become a massive expanse of corridors, towering atriums and auditoriums that could host the Richmond Symphony. That could change as part of the Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS) plan for the future.
Russell Gully, chairman of Chesterfield’s planning commission is continuing work on their version of the Chesterfield’s comprehensive plan. The plan has been three years in the making, starting with a comprehensive plan that cost the county over a $1 million. Gulley said the work session for the school’s portion of public facilities plan would be the most complicated.
David Myers, assistant superintendent for business and finance, presented an outline plan for schools that would guide its building of facilities through 2025. However, Myers said the School Board has yet to approve the schools comprehensive plan but seem to be amenable to it.
Myers said the schools system is exploring many different types of school facilities, meaning size, layout and locations. He said, during a Planning Commission work session on the comprehensive plan, that a workgroup had evaluated a number of school systems in Virginia and many from other states.
“The other things we looked at was different types of school buildings, school sizes, programmatic uses of schools; and see how that fits into the existing plan that we see and how that fits in place, and see if there is a need for any changes as we go forward.” Myers said. We looked at about 25 different facilities plans and we looked at over 30 pieces of research and documentation for different types of schools, He continued.
“From that we came forward with set of baseline recommendations for the workgroup that became the foundation of the plan we brought forward to the school board.” Myers told the commission, while updating the commission.
He said a workgroup had been working on the possibilities for about two-and-a-half months.
We met three times as a workgroup; about three-weeks ago we took a first draft to the school board to see what they thought, and we had just about two or three language comments. Administratively, we had discussions with the school board and they seem to understand the plan, and understand the change of direction from the existing plan to the future plan and they seem to be supportive.
“I don’t want to speak formally for the school board because they will have to endorse the plan or not,” Myers said. “But to this point we have not seen any subnative changes.”