By Carla Branch
The Alexandria School Board unanimously approved a $357.8 million 2013-22 Capital Improvement Program budget last night. The budget includes $24 million in fiscal year 2013.
Just over $7 million of the $24 million FY2013 CIP budget will be spent on building a new school at Jefferson-Houston. The remaining $32 million budgeted for this project will be spent in FY2014, with $1 million budgeted for FY2015. The School Board asked the City to consider adding $1.7 million for the construction of pre-school classrooms at Jefferson-Houston and $1.6 million for an artificial turf field on the Jefferson-Houston site to the City’s CIP budget.
The School Board voted to construct six new tennis courts at T. C. Williams High School’s King Street campus instead of the Minnie Howard campus in 2013. The cost will be $492,000.
The School Board also voted to consider deleting a number of proposed artificial turf fields, planned for FY2017 and FY2019, including the lower athletic field at Francis C. Hammond Middle School, sports turf field at George Washington Middle School and a sports turf baseball field at T. C. This would delete $5.1 million from the previously approved ten-year CIP budget.
Construction of a new school on the Patrick Henry site is scheduled to begin in FY2014, and construction of a new school on the Cora Kelley site is scheduled to begin in FY2016.