FCPS Proposes Three New Elementary Schools, One New High School in FY 2019-23 Capital Improvement Program
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has released its proposed fiscal year (FY) 2019-23 Capital Improvement Program (CIP), reflecting a five-year requirement of $814 million, or roughly $163 million per year, for new schools and additions, capacity enhancements, and renovations to address current and anticipated enrollment increases. Included in the new CIP are proposals for three new elementary schools and one new high school. Funds approved in the 2017 School Bond Referendum and previous referenda will address approximately $472 million of the five-year requirement, leaving a balance of $342 million unfunded.
The FY 2019-23 CIP reflects $315 million approved by county voters in the 2017 School Bond Referendum. Among the funded projects are a new elementary school in the northwest part of the county and two modular addition relocations as well as planning for a Fairfax-Oakton area elementary school and additions to West Potomac, Stuart, and Madison High Schools. Unfunded projects include a new elementary school near Metro’s silver line, a high school in the western part of the county, and five new or repurposed schools. Funds for renovations at 20 named elementary schools are included, as well as four middle schools and seven high schools.
Funding for capital improvement projects is currently limited by a $155 million yearly cap on school bond sales. Additional funding sources include $13.1 million from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for infrastructure management, and $12.4 million from FCPS operating funds for minor capacity enhancements and routine or major maintenance.
The School Board will hold a public hearing on the FY 2019-23 CIP on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at 6 p.m. at Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church. The Board has scheduled a work session on Monday, January 22, 2018, and will vote on the CIP at its business meeting on Thursday, January 25, 2018. Details about the FY 2019-23 CIP are available online.
Note: For more information, contact the Office of Facilities Planning Services at 571-423-2330.