Rolling Ridge Elementary School and Sugarland Elementary School are 30 years old. The schools are due for renovation and appear on the School Bond Referendum, to be voted on Nov. 8.
Loudoun County Public Schools spokesperson Wayde Byard said neither of the schools has been renovated since their 1975 openings.
"These schools are twin schools," Byard said. "We try to do schools that are the same age at the same time."
IF APPROVED, THE ROLLING RIDGE Elementary School renovation will include construction of three new classrooms, a computer lab, art and music classrooms, a gymnasium addition and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and electrical upgrades. It also provides for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility improvements and a fire sprinkler system. The renovations would cost a maximum of $12,960,000.
The Sugarland Elementary School renovation will include six new classrooms, a computer lab, a gymnasium addition, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and electrical upgrades, ADA accessibility improvements and a fire sprinkler system. "We have had some problems with the heating system over the last couple of years," Byard said. The renovations would cost a maximum of $13,950,000.
BOTH SCHOOLS’ renovations are scheduled to be completed by the 2007-2008 school year. Neither principal made comments on the school bond or their schools' needs. "As a principal, I can not advocate for or against the bond," Sugarland Elementary School principal Jennifer Ostrowski said. "All I can say is go out and vote."
School Board member Joseph M. Guzman (Sugarland Run) hopes residents vote for the renovations. "I hope everyone comes out to vote for all eight," he said.
Fellow board member, J. Warren Guerin (Sterling) agreed. "We have these needs for the future," he said. "And in many cases, the need is right around the corner."
Polls will be open, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Nov. 8.