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February 14, 2017

School board taking consolidation to supervisors

File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Under the plan, Taylor would continue to operate while a new school gets built just to the south on its campus along East Shirley Avenue in Warrenton.
Although the reality may not allow us to do this . . . we put forward what we think is the best option for the students now and for decades to come.
— School board Chairman Brian Gorg
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Staff Journalist
Fauquier’s school board officially has endorsed a plan to build a consolidated middle school in Warrenton.

The board voted, 5-0, Monday night to follow the recommendation of a 40-member committee that worked with architectural consultants. The plan calls for construction of a 1,000-seat, $55-million middle school.

It would stand on the Taylor Middle School campus along East Shirley Avenue in Warrenton. The new school would replace Taylor and Warrenton Middle, built in the 1950s and 1930s, respectively.

Earlier this month, the school board informally endorsed the recommendation. Monday night’s vote formalizes that.

“Although the reality may not allow us to do this . . . we put forward what we think is the best option for the students now and for decades to come,” Chairman Brian Gorg (Center District) said.

The county board of supervisors, which controls funding, recently expressed skepticism about the plan and its estimated cost.

The two boards will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, to discuss the proposal and potential alternatives. That meeting will take place in the Warren Green Building in Warrenton.

Under the consultants’ timeline, a two-story, 159,000-square-foot middle school would open in 2021. But, that would require board of supervisors’ approval this spring.

The school board wants the supervisors to include the project in the county’s 2018-22 Capital Improvements Plan, slated for adoption in late March.

“I encourage all of you to speak to your supervisors and let them know how you feel about this,” Donna Grove (Cedar Run District) said. “Right now, it doesn’t look good.”
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Jim Griffin · February 14, 2017 at 5:22 pm
Doesn't feel right, busing children to a massive, Walmart/Costco-like middle-school facility instead of smaller schools closer to home. Focus on what's best for kids, give them focus and outstanding educational opportunities.
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