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.
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.