School Bond Referendum Requests $253 Million for Renovations, Construction

The Fairfax County School Board has asked — and received approval from — the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for a

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2011 school bond referendum in the amount of $252,750,000 to fund school renovations and construction.

The referendum will appear on the general election ballot on Tuesday, November 8.

The total amount of the school bond request is based on the current edition of the  Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) capital improvement plan (CIP), released last December, that identified anticipated school facility needs over the coming five-year period. The last school bond referendum was in November 2009; 70 percent of Fairfax County voters voted in favor of that referendum.

Voter authorization to issue bonds is needed in the November election to provide capacity enhancements to three elementary schools and funds for planning and construction renovations to 14 elementary schools, two middle schools, and three high schools.

The projects

The 2011 bond referendum includes $240,438,412 for:

  • Renovations to Canterbury Woods Elementary School, Sandburg Middle School, and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (construction);
  • Planning and construction funds for Clermont, Sunrise Valley, Garfield, Terra Centre, and Westgate Elementary Schools;
  • Planning funds for Terraset, Haycock, Woodlawn, Forestville, Springfield Estates, North Springfield, Keene Mill, and Bucknell Elementary Schools, Thoreau Middle School, and Langley and West Springfield High Schools.

Also included is $13.68 million for capacity enhancements to Fairfax Villa, Greenbriar East, and Union Mill Elementary Schools and for modular relocations.

Additonally, the bond referendum includes $26.17 million for infrastructure management, including security enhancements, technology network upgrades, roof replacements, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) replacements, and improvements required by the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Prior bond savings of $29 million, realized through lower-than-anticipated construction costs for previous bond projects, are reflected in the 2011 bond referendum.

Students and citizens use Fairfax County schools year around for academic and extracurricular activities, community use, recreation, polling places, Park Authority classes and camps, religious and cultural events, higher education, and adult and community education.

FCPS must adhere to a spending limit of $155 million per year on its capital improvement plan, as determined by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

The three most recent school bond referenda passed by 70 percent of voters in 2009, 77 percent of voters in 2007, and 76 percent of voters in 2005.

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