The public will have the chance Monday night to weigh-in on Fairfax Superintendent Jack D. Dale’s five-year, $849 million plan for school construction and renovation.
Dale’s plan calls for spending $29.8 million to build two new elementary schools — one in the Groveton-Hybla Valley area along Route 1 and one in the Baileys Crossroads— to keep pace with increasing enrollment.
Enrollment was 177,606 this fall, an increase of more than 3,000 students over the previous year, according to numbers reported to the state Department of Education. Enrollment is up more than 14,000 students since 2006.
In addition to building new schools, Dale is proposing to add classroom space via additions to 12 elementary schools and one middle school. The cost for those expansions is estimated at about $36.2 million.
The big-ticket item is renovations at 26 elementary schools, four middle and seven high schools that together would cost about $715 million.
Voters have approved bonds worth $317 million to fund capital projects. To complete all the work proposed in Dale’s plan, voters would need to approve another bond measure in 2013.
The school system’s capital improvements must stay within a $155 million annual cap set by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, an amount school officials have said is not enough to repair and renovate aging facilities while also building new classroom space.
Board members are sure to hear from constituents, including parents from Falls Church High School, who are unhappy that their buildings are left out of Dale’s plan.