Free Lance-Star reporter Amy Umble covers Stafford County schools and other education issues
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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