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City school’s addition begins to take shape
By the first day of school next year, the addition to Hugh Mercer Elementary School should be complete.
At least, that’s the plan.
Concrete work started this week, said Bob Burch, the director of operations for Fredericksburg city public schools.
He said the projected finish date is Aug. 15, and they’re only a few days behind schedule.
The work being done at the school will have no impact on the school’s regular functions, he said.
“The whole purpose is to try and be as unobtrusive as humanly possible,” Burch said. “They shouldn’t notice we are there unless we do something terribly wrong.”
The expansion will allow the school to keep up with the city’s increasing population.
The elementary school off Cowan Boulevard was built for 800 to 825 students, but this year had closer to 900 enrolled, with more children expected in the future.
Richmond-based Moseley Architects was awarded the contract in March to design the addition. The $174,000 design contract is one of the first pieces for the project, estimated at a total of $2.5 million.
In May, the City Council voted to approve the permits needed for the expansion.
The current school stretches over 114,900 square feet. The renovation will add another 10,800 square feet.
That addition will include six classrooms for second-graders, two resource rooms, one special education room, a teacher workroom, an office for an assistant principal and two restrooms.
Hugh Mercer opened in 1968.
Robyn Sidersky 540/374-5413