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Most schools resume today

While school divisions in Louisa and Caroline counties began their academic years early, most of the region’s students have their first classes of the year today.

Here’s a look at what some of our local school divisions are anticipating this coming year.

FREDERICKSBURG

Hugh Mercer Elementary School has undergone a $2.5 million addition that is ready to welcome students.

The new space—10,800 square feet—includes nine new classrooms, an ESL room, an office for a school administrator, bathrooms and a teachers’ lounge.

In the remaining 114,000 square feet there also are changes, including improved security, a new music room and a new computer lab.

STAFFORD

Students and their families get ready for the first day of school at Grafton Village Elementary School in Stafford County.

Students and their families get ready for the first day of school at Grafton Village Elementary School in Stafford County.

About $12 million worth of renovations wrapped up at Grafton Village Elementary School over the summer. An entirely new library was the highlight of the upgrades, which also included behind-the-scenes improvements such as a new heating and air-conditioning system, new flooring and energy-efficient lighting. The upgrades were part of a round of renovations to three elementary schools in the county.

SPOTSYLVANIA

Spotsylvania County schools have a lot of projects in the pipeline, pending voter approval of a $141.7 million bond issue in November.

For the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2015, the division hopes to complete improvements at numerous schools, including heating and air-conditioning upgrades at Brock Road Elementary and security upgrades at Battlefield Middle.

Among the pricier improvements would be to renovate and expand the 34-year-old Courtland High School at an estimated cost of nearly $25 million. The division hopes to start that project in the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2017.

CAROLINE

Schools in the county opened Aug. 20, and students at Madison Elementary School are seeing renovations that are due to be finished by next summer.

The work is part of a $4 million package that includes a new front entrance, new administration and guidance area, new computer labs, a new media center and four new classrooms.

There also will be a new drop-off and pickup areas for visitors.

LOUISA

Students returned for this academic year on Aug. 13, well ahead of other area school divisions.

At Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, students begin the new year in a new building. The previous building was destroyed in the 2011 earthquake.

Louisa High School, also destroyed in the earthquake, is being rebuilt and students are taking classes in modular units that were placed in the parking lot.

CULPEPER

Renovations to Culpeper High are scheduled to be completed by Thanksgiving.

The $21 million project to update the 45-year old facility began in March of 2013 and has been accomplished in phases, with students being shifted from one area to another as individual halls are renovated.

ORANGE

The county begins the year in the midst of a search for a new superintendent.

Applications were accepted through August and interviews with candidates will be held this month and next.

In addition, Locust Grove Elementary School will reopen on State Route 20, next to Locust Grove Primary, in the building that previously was Locust Grove Middle School. The middle school was closed in 2011 when a new middle school on Flat Run Road opened.

Vanessa Remmers: 540/735-1975

vremmers@freelancestar.com

 

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