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School Board discusses options for Mason ES with clock ticking on new school year,

With less than 50 days until the students return for the 2017-2018 school year, the School Board discussed options for other locations for the students zoned for George Mason ES.

K. Burnell Evans has the story for the Richmond Times-Dispatch has the story:

The eight options the board is scheduled to consider include:

  • dispersing Mason students across Woodville, Fairfield, Chimborazo and Bellevue elementary schools;
  • moving students into Franklin Military, which would prompt Franklin students to shift to Community High School;
  • and shuffling Mason students to the former Clark Springs Elementary School building once Overby-Sheppard students are able to return to their North Side campus upon the completion of renovations there.

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Cost estimates to remove students from the elementary school range from up to $35 million for a rebuilt, larger school on the high end to $100,000 associated with a few options that involve moving students around.

Inaction would require $5 million in emergency investments for boilers, mechanical systems and window replacements, which still would leave larger structural issues untouched, according to a rubric provided to board members.

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