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Upcoming vote to either replace or revitalize Chesterfield schools

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WTVR)–The Chesterfield County School Board will vote on a plan Friday that could revitalize or replace nine county schools between 2014-2020.

The project is part of a revitalization plan for the county.  The first tier of the plan affects seven elementary schools and two middle schools.

The schools include Beulah, Matoaca, Reams Road, Harrowgate, Enon and Ettrick Elementary Schools and Providence and Manchester Middle Schools.

Kim Powell, a parent of a 7th grade Providence Middle School student, says she’d like to see the school get a makeover. Providence was built in 1968 and last renovated in 1987.

“We did just get a new gym floor, which was wonderful,” Powell says.  “There’s just some things that need to be renovated and upgraded.”

Some schools, like Beulah Elementary, date back to 1928.

Beulah parent, Alisa Herndon-Willoughby, says that county growth in her area has contributed to overcrowding in the school.

“There’s no place to grow,” Herndon-Willoughby says. “It’s overcrowded now and they don’t have any space to put the students.”

The plan could cost the county as much as $250 million dollars and is subject to change based on the economy and county growth.

School board members will also consider a plan to build a new elementary school at Old Hundred and Otterdale Road to relieve overcrowding at Watkins Elementary.

Plans for the old Clover Hill High School building are also up for discussion and a vote on Friday. 

The building was supposed to be used as a career and technical school for students, but school board members are considering changes to the plan.

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