Chesapeake School Board approves Capital Improvement Plan


The School Board on Monday night unanimously approved a proposed Capital Improvement Plan for 2016-26 that includes a first-year focus on design work for an addition to Oscar Smith High.

The plan is not a budget, but more of a list of projects the division thinks are necessary. The 2016-17 cost for all the items in the plan would be slightly more than $64 million, with major mechanical and maintenance work making up nearly 70 percent of that total. The cost for the first five years would be slightly more than $473 million.

The City Council, which allots money for such projects, will decide on its plan in the coming months.

The addition to Oscar Smith, which has used more than two dozen portable units to address overcrowding, would be complete by 2019-20. School officials have expressed optimism they will be able to build the addition.

Among the other projects that school officials anticipate funding are roof replacements at Deep Creek Middle and Western Branch Primary and a partial roof replacement at Western Branch Middle.

Posted to: Chesapeake Education News

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