More schools coming to Chesterfield County

Posted at 12:31 PM, Jun 07, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-07 13:12:10-04

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WTVR) -- As seniors graduate, Chesterfield County officials are planning for the next generation of graduates.

"The facilities plan is the county's blueprint for providing public facilities in the county," said Chesterfield County Planning Manager Steven Haasch.

In fact the county could welcome nearly 100,000 residents over the next 20 years.

"Hopefully when the next wave of development occurs, then we can accommodate the needed facilities to accommodate that growth," said Haasch. "And maintain a high quality of life in our county."

In addition to high quality there is also a need for higher quantity, especially when it comes to the number of schools.

"We are tentatively looking at eight schools of all types as new school recommendations," said Haasch. "We are also looking at 23 that need to have a complete overhaul."

Whether the new schools will be elementary, middle or high schools remain up in the air. But Haasch says the county already knows size matters.

"There are various studies that show small school sizes can have a positive impact on education level for the children," said Haasch.

But before any decisions are made, county leaders are hoping the community will weigh in.

"It's very critical that we receive citizen comment on these chapters," said Haasch. "We take it very seriously. The plan is only successful if we have the support of the community and the residents here."

The proposed plan will be available online for review and remarks Friday June 8, or Monday June 11.