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Sports · September 6, 2016

Citizens asked for input regarding middle schools

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Taylor opened during segregation in the 1950s as Fauquier’s high school for black students.
Community Meeting
• Topic: Options for Taylor and Warrenton middle schools.

• When: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7.

• Location: Fauquier High School cafeteria.

• Facilitator: David Sturtz, a project leader with DeJong-Richter.

• Estimated costs: Anywhere from $23.4 million to $67.2 million.

• Upcoming meetings:

> Advisory committee, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22.

> School board special session with contractor, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5.

> Advisory committee, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27.

> Community dialogue, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Fauquier citizens on Wednesday will have a chance to discuss options for the two aging middle schools in Warrenton.

The first of two planned community meetings will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 7 in Fauquier High School’s cafeteria.

David Sturtz, project leader with education consultant DeJong-Richter, will lead the meeting. Working in small groups, citizens will discuss their concerns and ideas for modernizing or replacing Taylor and/or Warrenton Middle School.

Participants will take a survey as a group and individually at the end of the meeting. Anyone can take the survey online through Sept. 14.

The Middle School Modernization Advisory Committee — composed of 47 citizens, public officials, school staffers and students — met for the first time in August.

Over the next three months, the committee and citizens will have opportunities to make suggestions on whether to focus on Taylor or Warrenton.

DeJong-Richter and RRMM, a school architectural design firm, will lead the planning process under a $137,805 contract.

School administrators in November recommended focusing on Taylor Middle.

The estimated costs for Taylor would range from $27.5 million for renovation and expansion to $33.6 million for a new school. Built as the county’s high school for black students in 1951, during segregation, Taylor stands 350 E. Shirley Ave.

It would cost an estimated $23.4 million to renovate and expand Warrenton Middle School or $33.6 million to replace it. The county’s oldest school, Warrenton dates to 1936 and stands on 18 acres along Waterloo St.

This winter, the school board will receive the committee’s recommendations for Taylor and Warrenton. The board would need funding from the county supervisors to undertake any renovation or construction.

For more information on the modernization project, click here.

> Board member suggests closing a middle school.

Middle School community meeting by Fauquier Now on Scribd


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