West Springfield friends and neighbors,
Springfield District School Board Member Elizabeth Schultz is having a Town Hall meeting at West Springfield High School this Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 7 p.m. If you are concerned with the current WSHS facility and interested in the timing of a WSHS renovation, I encourage you to attend.
Only a few years ago, WSHS not scheduled for a renovation, and it was not even on the list! Through very hard work, our School Board put WSHS on the list. And last year, even more good news came. The design money was placed on the bond referendum, and it was approved. So, as I write to you, a team of architects and engineers are completing the design for WSHS renovations.
We have had some good fortune. The recession, in a strange turn of events, has been our friend. Costs for construction have dropped by over 30% from their peak in 2007. Thus, the County can build more with the same amount of funds. Secondly, my fellow State elected officials (both Republican and Democrat) have been successful in fighting off attempted raids by Southern Virginia on our school funds. I am pleased to report that in the last budget, Fairfax received $70 million more in state funding than last year. That is a massive amount of money which frees up the County to maximize its renovation and construction efforts. Furthermore, our school board representative Elizabeth Schultz is on our team, and has made this one of her top priorities.
There are other areas of Fairfax that want their project funded first. So, we need to show that WSHS is the top priority. As your elected state official, the West Springfield High School community can count on my support, but it is your elected school boards that decide when schools are built and renovated. Here is the information for Wednesday night:
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
West Springfield High School, Spartan Hall
6100 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152
No registration is required.
If you are unable to attend or if you have any questions/concerns, please contact Melanie Turpin in the School Board Office at 571-423-1070 or by e-mail at Melanie.Turpin@fcps.edu.