THE HUNTER REPORT
SCHOOL BOARD DROPS BALL
SAFETY TURN LANES at NEW FT. LOUDOUN MIDDLE SCHOOL
BY PAT HUNTER
LOUDON CITY REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING - WEDNESDAY JAN. 8, 2014 - 12:30 P.M. LOUDON CITY HALL
The Loudon City Regional Planning Commission will meet on Wednesday Jan. 8th at 12:30. The planning commission will meet to discuss a follow-up agenda matter from last month, agenda item 2 "Discuss status of off-site roadway improvements to Ft. Loudoun Middle School and Hwy. 11." Director Vance will be present to address this matter. At least two board members that I contacted had no idea that a letter had been sent to director Vance about this matter.
Over two years ago (August 2011), site plans for the new Fort Loudoun Middle School were approved contingent upon the installation of turn lanes and adding safety flashing lights from the Loudon High School to the new Ft. Loudoun Middle School on Highway 11. At last month's planning meeting, the planning commission discussed the lack of progress by the school board. Subsequently, the Loudon City Planning Commission voted to send a letter to director Jason Vance requesting that the school board address this matter. Click to Read - Loudon City Regional Planning Commission Letter to Jason Vance - December 5, 2013 pdf - RE: Completion of Off-site Roadway Improvement at the Hwy. 11 Entrance Loudoun Middle School
There was also a brief discussion about the school board having to obtain a right of way from a property owner however, THE HUNTER REPORT has since learned that the school board may have to obtain additional right-of-ways from property owners for road improvements. Loudon County Commission has been assured that the new school building program would come under budget but its anyone's guess what financial impact this outstanding matter will have on the school building budget.
(NOTE: THE HUNTER REPORT has learned that at least $1.4 Million remain in the $43 Million School Building Program Fund. At the Dec. 12, 2013 BOE meeting, the school board voted to build a New Field House in Greenback and make it a Number One Priority- Click related story. Director Vance brought this matter to the Capital Projects Committee, which was unanimously approved and sent to the Budget Committee for approval; estimated cost $500,000. Vance requested that the new Greenback field house be paid from the $43 Million school building program. At the same Dec. 12th BOE meeting, board member Leroy Tate shared a list of outstanding issues including problems with the new gym floor, etc. which must be addressed at the new Ft. Loudoun Middle School. Interestingly, Tate's comments about the problems were completely omitted from the meeting minutes!)