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Friday, January 25, 2013

Fairfax County School Board Approves FY 2014-18 Capital Improvement Program

 

 
            The Fairfax County School Board voted to approve Fairfax County Public Schools FY 2014-18 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) at its business meeting on January 24. The FY 2014-18 CIP includes new schools, capacity enhancements, renovations, and infrastructure management over five years totaling $871.2 million; $190.9 million of which is currently funded with approved school bonds. Completion of projects as scheduled in this CIP will require a school bond referendum in 2013 and subsequent years. 
The Board also voted to request that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors increase the School Board’s capital funding limit from $155 million to $180 million per year effective in FY 2015. This would enable renovations and construction to be completed sooner in order to accommodate the growing number of students and to address the needs of schools in significant need of renovation. The capital funding limit was last raised in 2007.
            “Our student enrollment growth is outpacing the capacity of our existing facilities,” says School Board Chair Ilryong Moon. “We have a pressing need to construct new schools, provide additional capacity at existing schools, and renovate our schools faster in order to accommodate these students. We are hopeful that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will recognize these needs and agree to increase our capital funding limit so these projects can advance more swiftly and keep up with our rising enrollment.”
            The FY 2014-18 CIP includes funding for three new elementary schools—in eastern Fairfax County, the Richmond Highway corridor, and western Fairfax County—and a new high school in the southwest County area.  Funding for an addition at South Lakes High School is also identified.   It is anticipated that an additional new elementary school will be needed to address future growth in the Tysons Corner area and the Fairfax-Oakton area beyond 2018. 
Details about the FY 2014-18 CIP can be found online.
 
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