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Monday, August 29, 2005

FCPS Bond Referendum Requests More Than $246 Million for School Renovations, Construction

The Fairfax County School Board has asked—and received approval from—the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for a 2005 school bond referendum in the amount of $246,325,000 to fund school renovations and construction. The referendum will appear on the ballot of the November 8, 2005, general election.

The total amount of the school bond request is based on the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) capital improvement plan (CIP) released in December 2004 that identified anticipated school facility needs over the coming five-year period. The $246 million figure includes $2 million added to the original figure of $244 million at the request of the Board of Supervisors to provide planning funds to address the potential impact of the base realignment and closure (BRAC) report, which could affect schools in the Fort Belvoir area of the county. The last school bond referendum was in November 2003; 76 percent of Fairfax County voters voted in favor of that referendum.

Voter authorization to issue bonds is needed in the November election to provide construction funds for one new elementary school; planning funds for two new elementary schools; renovations to one high school and eight elementary schools; planning funds for renovations to eight elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school; modular additions to two elementary schools; and site acquisition.

The 2005 bond referendum includes $177 million for renovations, including $63 million to renovate Edison High School and $102 million for renovations to Franklin Sherman, Woodburn, Sleepy Hollow, Freedom Hill, Great Falls, Vienna, Graham Road, and Mount Eagle Elementary Schools; $32.8 million for new construction, modulars, and planning; and $35 million for infrastructure management, including technology network upgrades, roof, air conditioning, and boiler replacement, and improvements required by the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The 2005 bond referendum includes $4 million for planning new elementary schools at the Laurel Hill site and the Falls Church-Annandale site, $1.7 million for an eight-room modular at Waynewood Elementary School and $2.1 million for a 10-room modular at a location to be determined.

Bonds will not be used to pay for the new consolidated administration center, which will be self-funded with savings from the efficiencies of consolidating offices, releasing leased space, and vacating a number of administration centers that will no longer require maintenance.

Students and citizens use Fairfax County schools year round for academic and extracurricular activities, community use, recreation, polling places, Park Authority classes and camps, religious and cultural events, higher education, and adult and community education.

FCPS must adhere to a spending limit of $130 million per year on its capital improvement plan, as determined by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

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Note: For more information, contact Gary Chevalier , facilities planning services, at 703-246-3608.