At a work session this evening, the Albemarle County School Board reached consensus to address the elementary enrollment growth in the Crozet area with an addition at Brownsville Elementary. Some students will be redistricted from Crozet Elementary to existing available seats at Brownsville for Fall 2007 to address the overcrowding currently at Crozet. No redistricting details have been discussed yet, but with this capital decision made, staff will initiate a public process that allows for community feedback to the Board.
The previously proposed addition for Crozet Elementary was removed from the first 5 years of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). It will remain as a potential project in the second 5 year period of the 10-year CIP (In the discussions, I stated my preference for building a third neighborhood elementary school in Crozet before we add on to Crozet Elementary).
In other discussions by the School Board, there was consensus to move forward renovations to Greer Elementary, potentially starting them in 2008 instead of 2009. The addition and renovation for Albemarle High School (starting in 2007) and the addition for Western Albemarle High School (starting in 2010) were kept on their recommended schedule in the CIP. The additions and renovations scheduled for elementary schools in the Southern Feeder Pattern (Scottsville/Red Hill), were pushed back on the CIP schedule to allow Brownsville and Greer to move forward.
Staff will take this feedback from the School Board and develop a final 2007-2016 CIP proposal for the Board's approval at our December 14, 2006 meeting. Then it will be sent to the Board of Supervisors for their consideration.
Thank you to all the citizens that gave me feedback on this issue by e-mail and telephone over the past couple of months.