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DPS announces $140 Million in Capital Projects

During the July 21st meeting of the Danville School Board, Superintendent Dr. Angela Hairston presented a capital projects update to the board, which includes $140 million in projects district-wide using local, state, and federal funds, as well as revenue from the one-percent sales tax.

 

George Washington High School

Through a Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act (PPEA) agreement, funded by sales tax revenues, renovations to GW will include improvements to the Career & Technical Education building, the media center, gymnasium spaces, athletic fields, classrooms, technology infrastructure, and more. For the estimated project, the School Board approved the proposal from English Construction, Blair Construction, and RRMM Architects to begin work on the detailed phase of these renovations. Click here to view their proposal. Click here to view their proposal.

 

G.L.H. Johnson Elementary School

For the first elementary school project from the one-percent sales tax revenues, plans include a newly constructed school building on the same property using a PPEA agreement. The School Board approved the proposal from Branch Builds, Moseley Architects, and Dewberry to proceed to begin work on the proposal for the detailed phase of the new school project. Click here to view their proposal.

 

J.M. Langston Campus

Using funds generated from the one-percent sales tax, renovations to the John M. Langston Campus will allow for Galileo Magnet High School and central office staff to be moved to the campus, as well as a STEM and Career Academy for students district-wide. The gymnasium and auditorium will be available for community use. In May, Dewberry was chosen for the provision of A & E Services for Improvements at the Langston campus.

 

GWHS Track

With construction beginning in March, the 8-lane NCAA certified George Washington High School Track and Field facility is underway. Thanks to generous funds from Danville City Council, the city will have a facility for its track and field athletes to use for the first time in 20 years. The facility is expected to be complete in mid-October and will be used by GW and Galileo track teams, as well as Averett University runners through a lease arrangement for the facility’s use and operation.

 

Langston Track

After being damaged in Tropical Storm Michael in 2018, Langston’s track is finally as good as new. Using FEMA funds, the track was restored earlier this year, with painted lines and field lights added recently. Field preparations, as well as the addition of seating and a restroom facility, will make this track and field ready for practices and games in the future. 

 

I.W. Taylor Virtual Academy

Over the past year, the I.W. Taylor building has received improvements to the building to accommodate the Virtual Academy and IT Student and Family Help Desk. Using pandemic relief funds, the school received technology infrastructure upgrades and renovations to the solarium, as well as a new roof. In addition, cosmetic and technology upgrades throughout the building provided for meeting and office spaces.

 

O.T. Bonner Middle School

Using state and local funds, O.T. Bonner Middle School’s facilities have received a facelift over the past two months. The gymnasium received a fresh coat of paint, as well as new bleachers. The auditorium is in the middle of a complete overhaul, which includes fresh paint, new flooring and seating, and upgraded technology. All classrooms will receive a fresh coat of paint. The rest of the building was also painted.

 

Forest Hills Elementary School

At Forest Hills, the entire building was painted, and a new auditorium roof installed using local capital improvement dollars.

The budget for all projects includes bonds to be repaid from sales tax revenue totaling $127 million, ESSER funds in the amount of $8 million, $5 million from state/local funds, and $1.5 million in grants.

“We are grateful to the Danville community for supporting the capital improvements of our schools by passing the one-percent sales tax referendum,” Superintendent Dr. Angela Hairston said. “These funds, combined with what we’ve received locally and at the state and national level, will allow us to truly change our school environments and will positively affect morale, student achievement, instruction, and safety.”

 

Going forward, plans for GW and Johnson will be refined, and public hearings will be held on proposals at the August 4, 2022 school board meeting. In addition, DPS will hold community meetings in Spring 2023 for Forest Hills, Woodberry Hills, and Park Avenue Elementary Schools, with architects selected for the projects later in the year. The needs of Schoolfield, Bonner, and Westwood will also be evaluated for future projects. By November 2023, DPS will have a 10-year facilities plan, which will include renovation, maintenance, and new school construction.

“As a board, we are excited to see capital improvement plans progress,” Board Chair Crystal Cobbs said. “All of our schools are in need of 21st Century upgrades, and we are looking forward to seeing those projects take shape over the next several years.”