School leaders look at potential projects

Published 12:39 pm Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Buckingham County School Board is considering four construction and renovation projects at schools across the division.

Director of Facilities Ivan “Chip” Davis wrote to Division Superintendent Dr. Cecil Snead recently, explaining the division’s facilities committee meeting on Jan. 5 to “consider and present (four) items and recommendations to the Buckingham County School Board.”

Dr. Cecil Snead

Dr. Cecil Snead

One of the projects is the issuance of a request for proposals to move forward with a middle school athletic field restroom project.

If approved by the school board, the project would involve the renovation and relocation of a handicap-accessible bathroom at county’s middle school. The plan calls for the concrete bathroom facility to be relocated “behind the dumpster wall behind the middle school adjoining the softball and soccer fields,” Davis wrote in a separate letter to Snead.

Other projects proposed and being researched are the reestablishment of turf on the Buckingham County High School football field, removing part of the fencing behind the Carter G. Woodson Educational Complex on Route 20, reinstalling it at the Buckingham Preschool and the enclosing of the connecting way underneath the bridge between the primary and elementary schools at the complex.

Snead said the projects are being researched by the facilities committee, which will report their findings and recommendation at a later time.

“There will be further discussion for clarity at the next board meeting (Feb. 8) as these decisions are a part of a lengthy process,” Snead said in an email. “The facilities committee is providing the board with information to ensure fiscal responsibility and feasibility.”

Snead said he is looking forward to the possibility of approval of the proposed projects.

“Personally, I’m excited for our students that these discussions are taking place,” he said.