Moncure Elementary School plan moves forward
The Stafford Board of Supervisors approved in a 6–1 vote Tuesday to rezone 23.7 acres from agricultural to suburban in order to move ahead on a plan to relocate and rebuild Anne E. Moncure Elementary School.
The school is located on the north side of Garrisonville Road, just east of the intersection with Doc Stone Road. The new site is three-quarters of a mile north on Juggins Road.
Supervisor Laura Sellers voted against the rezoning. She said she wanted to see a plan, both for the school and the students, before she agreed to build a new elementary school.
Pamela Yeung, a Hampton Oaks resident, said she thinks the county needs to take some time to think before going ahead with the construction.
“Hold off on tearing down this school,” Yeung said. “I’m tired of the building, developers and proffers. We need to hold off a little bit and think through what we are doing here in Stafford.”
The current capacity for the elementary school is 700 students. The proposed school will be able to house 950 students.
“It will be an improvement to the community by adding additional capacity and adding a school built to modern standards,” said Jeff Harvey, director of planning and zoning.
The school first opened in 1966. It was named after Anne E. Moncure, who began teaching in Stafford in 1931. She later became superintendent of elementary education and retired in 1960. Her career with the school system has been described as pioneering.
Earlier Tuesday, the Board decided to deter the vote to authorize a public hearing on the 2014 property tax rates and the county budget because they wanted to give the School Board an opportunity to finalize their budget.
The School Board is expected to approve their budget March 25 and present it to the board on April 1.
However, the board did set the date for a public hearing regarding a stormwater district for the county. It is tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. on April 15.
“This problem is not going away,” said Aquia Supervisor Paul Milde. “The sooner we communicate where this money is going the next few years, the better.”
The county’s proposed budget includes the creation of the countywide stormwater service district, which is being mandated by the federal and state governments. The cost is projected to be $42 million over the next 15 years.
The proposed service district would levy a 1-cent tax and would generate $1.4 million per year. The tax, if passed, would be effective June 2014.
In other business, House Speaker Bill Howell, R–Stafford, asked the board to pass a resolution calling on the state legislature and governor to remove the Medicaid expansion language from the budget.
“It’s not going to get done as long as the language the state senate put in the budget dealing with Medicaid expansion [is in the budget],” Howell said.
Howell said that eight or 10 other counties, including Virginia Beach, have already passed the resolution.
“If there is no budget by July 1 the state stops,” Howell said.
The board passed the resolution 7–0.
“This is not about whether we are in favor or not,” Gary Snellings said. “This is about getting the budget passed quickly.”
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