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Trailers at Stafford High

The Stafford County School Board is discussing temporarily placing at least two–and up to six–trailer classrooms at Stafford High School next year to relieve overcrowding. Stafford High, the county’s oldest high school, is expected to be overcapacity by about 200 students in 2011-12.

Stafford schools Chief Facilities Officer Scott Horan  said the division doesn’t have plans for modular classrooms at any other schools.

“It is strictly a temporary measure for overcrowding,” Falmouth District School Board member Meg Bohmke said of the proposed  trailers at Stafford High. “We don’t need to go out and buy anything fancy and new. We’re just looking for a structure to get us by for the next year or two.”

The School Board recently approved a $5 million, 20,000-square-foot addition—and $30 million in renovations—to Stafford High in its capital improvement plan.

Last week, Horan  recommended that the addition and renovations be finished in September 2013 and September 2015, respectively. The School Board had hoped to complete the addition by September 2012.

 Horan suggested the delay because the Board of Supervisors hasn’t yet agreed to fund the project in its 2012–17 capital plan. Supervisors are expected to approve the plan in late January.

Bohmke called the modular classrooms a “stop-gap” until the addition is ready for students. Two trailers would cost more than $100,000 to set up and lease for three years, Horan said.

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  • concernedstafford

    This just keeping worse by the day. How do you keep children in an outside trailer safe? Where will they use the restroom? Build a new school!

  • Mike L

    My home town had to bring in the trailers for additional classroom space around 20 years ago. They were not bad at all – comfortably air conditioned and heated and not “flimsy” or cheap appearing or unsafe in any way. It was a reasonable and successful temporary solution to the overcrowding. When the overcrowding was relieved by permanent construction, the trailers were removed.

  • http://UmqaoU GIVEMEABREAK2M

    The supervisors keep approving rezonings that allow increased residential development. Additional residential development will only result in increased school children. So superviosrs you put us in this position, so it is up to you to provide the money for new school(s) to meet the increased demand. If you (Supervisors) can’t say no to increased growth through rezonings asay yes to the School Board when they tell you that they need more money to provide a quality education. Trailers shouldn’t be considered as providing a quality education.

  • Dean Fetterolf

    HS#6 was originally scheduled to be completed in 2010 and renovation of Stafford High to a much needed CTE facility started. But now that’s all been changed because the BOS is anti-education. After a $30M addition/renovation we still won’t have a CTE facility.

    Just look at the draconian decline in percentage of county funding dedicated to schools since 2006. Classes are overcrowded, teachers underpaid, and cyclical computer replacement about $1M behind schedule.

    Education is an economic incentive attracting new families and new business. It is the first thing someone asks about when moving to a new area or if a company is relocating or starting a business.

  • concernedstafford

    Twenty years ago was before Columbine. How is SCPS going to keep the children safe? Do you want your child in a trailer on such a large campus with only a few unarmed security guards?

  • Ian

    Brentsville HS has had trailers for years. They have a bathroom trailer and a teacher has a duty that involves them unlocking the door if a student needs to gain access into the building.

    There are ways of make this work. Is it ideal? No, but in the short term before the BOS figure out what they are going to do it will work.

  • Dean Fetterolf

    Ian, Sorry. Stafford County Public Schools has NO trailers and thats the way parents want it. We want our children in REAL classrooms in REAL schools with REAL teachers – not some BOS BS because they are too lazy to figure out how to fund the education of our kids. There is an election next Nov.