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Mecklenburg supervisors tap firm to evaluate sites for new school complex

SoVaNow.com / May 10, 2017
Mecklenburg County supervisors have hired Hurt & Proffitt to evaluate and recommend sites for the county’s new consolidated middle/high school complex. The land surveying and engineering firm is based in Lynchburg.

The announcement came Monday following a brief discussion of county supervisors in closed session.

The engineering firm will be paid a base fee of $7,500 for review of sites, and an additional $15,000 for those sites that county officials ask to have surveyed.

Claudia Lundy, who chairs the joint education committee of supervisors and school trustees, said the firm has given no direction as to the location of the property — only the requirement that it must contain at least 100 acres.

In a previous meeting of the Board of Supervisors, Lundy expressed her wish that the new school be located within three miles of Boydton, east or west. Other supervisors, including Board Chair Glenn Barbour of South Hill, have said they want the new school to be built at a location on U.S. 58.

Lundy said she expects the engineering firm will need 90 days to complete its work and return recommendations to the board. Additional time will be needed to negotiate the purchase price of the property and close the deal.

“I don’t see them [the School Board] building anything until next year,” Lundy said.

Once the land is purchased, the supervisors said it is their intention to step aside, while the School Board takes the lead on the design and construction of a new school.

Last year, supervisors agreed to dedicate $100 million for the construction of new school facilities to replace Park View high and middle schools and Bluestone high and middle schools, on the condition that the schools be consolidated on a single campus.

After much debate, members of the school board agreed to the condition and also approved the recommendation of the joint education committee that an outside firm be retained to handle the site selection process.

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