The plan calls for a $10-million expansion and renovation of Cedar Lee Middle School in Bealeton.
Fauquier’s school board Tuesday night voted, 5-0, to support a $40-million middle school construction plan, which resulted from recent negotiations with the board of supervisors.
The plan includes:
• $10 million for the expansion of Cedar Lee Middle School. The project will expand the Bealeton school’s capacity by approximately 200 students.
• $30 million for the renovation and expansion of a middle school in Warrenton. Depending on architects’ analysis, either Taylor or Warrenton will serve as the county’s central middle school. The board will discuss the options next month.
• Renovation of the other middle school for other uses. That might include moving Southeastern Alternative School from Midland, Head Start and/or administrative offices into that building.
• Moving the school transportation and nutrition departments currently, located on Manor Drive in Warrenton, to the repurposed facility.
School board members will discuss the plan in more detail possibly at their May 13 meeting.
Among other actions Tuesday night, the school board:
• Voted, 5-0, to adopt the fiscal 2020 school budget. Up 5 percent from this year, the $148.2 million budget takes effect July 1. Fauquier’s 990 teachers will get 2- to 15-percent raises, depending on experience and placement on the school system’s pay scale.
Social workers, therapists, instructional assistants, principals and assistant principals will receive at least a 2 percent raise.
“We are providing the biggest pay increase for teachers in memory, and we are doing so without the need to raise taxes,” Superintendent David Jeck said. “This is historic.”
• Voted, 5-0, to award a three-year contract to Comcast for increased broadband Internet access in school buildings.
• Voted, 3-2, to allocate $705,111 for the purchase and installation of radios for school buses and administrators. The current radios will stop working in June due to the county’s replacement plan.
Brian Gorg (Center District) and Don Mason (Lee) voted against the funding because they wanted more information on possible lease-financing options.