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City schools complete busy summer of capital projects

With major decisions about building new school facilities looming, the Charlottesville City School Board on Thursday received an update on minor construction projects completed over the summer. The city of Charlottesville’s Capital Improvement Program funds school construction and maintenance projects that cost more than $50,000, while smaller projects are funded by the school division’s Small […]

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Charlottesville School Board weighs grade reconfiguration, expansion to address capacity needs

At a Tuesday work session, the Charlottesville City School Board was supportive of reconfiguring middle school grades, building a centralized preschool facility, and expanding several elementary schools to accommodate the growth of its student population over the next decade.  Charlottesville City Schools hired VMDO Architects in 2016 to study school capacity and enrollment trends, and […]

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Albemarle School Board approves CIP request

The Albemarle County School Board on Thursday approved a $109.3 million request for its Capital Improvement Program through fiscal year 2023. The request includes some changes to the timing and scope of additions to Crozet, Red Hill and Scottsville elementary schools. This is the first year of a two-year submittal and review process for the […]

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Long planned road connections face financial obstacles, neighborhood opposition

SECOND IN A SERIES When it comes to conversations about connectivity in Albemarle County’s southern growth area, suggestions for reducing traffic on Old Lynchburg Road have included a road between the Redfields neighborhood and U.S. Route 29, and a connection between Sunset Avenue Extended and Fontaine Avenue. A rezoning application submitted to the county last […]

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Could Downtown Mall trees be on the chopping block?

As Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall enters its fifth decade, the health and future of the willow oaks that line the former roadway have been cast into doubt. As the trees continue to grow, their close canopies and the tight metal grates at their bases threaten their long-term health, and saving them could be an expensive proposition. […]

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New labs, classroom renovations planned for Western Albemarle High School

Work is underway to design new science labs and modernized classrooms for Western Albemarle High School and its Environmental Studies Academy. A 10,000 square-foot addition to the school will include three new labs, an office and prep rooms with storage. Seven existing science classrooms and six more classrooms throughout the school building will be renovated. The project is […]

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Charlottesville seeking solutions to school capacity challenges

Charlottesville City Schools soon will need additional classroom space to accommodate the city’s growing population, according to a new study. “We are growing, and we’re growing quickly,” said Juandiego Wade, chairman of the Charlottesville School Board. “We have to decide what we are going to do with this expansion — sooner, rather than later.” A […]