At its meeting on Monday, October 12, the Campbell County School Board voted to accept a recommendation from the County Board of Supervisors to expand the school slated to replace the current Rustburg Middle School building from a capacity of 750 students to 900 students.
The additional space adds $1.3 million to the cost of the project, bringing the project’s total cost to approximately $42.6 million. It will now be up to the County Board of Supervisors to decide at a future meeting whether to proceed with this altered plan.
County Administrator Frank Rogers presented the school board with the board of supervisors’ recommendation for the expansion of the proposed project. Board of Supervisors Rustburg District representative Jon Hardie also addressed the school board, to express his support for the expanded Rustburg Middle School plan.
The changes to the plan, if approved by the Campbell County Board of Supervisors, will add an additional 30 days to the project, which is currently scheduled to be completed in 2022.
Though members of the school board expressed concern about the additional $1.3 million affecting county schools’ funding, they voted unanimously to accept the board of supervisors’ proposal to increase the planned school’s capacity to 900 on the condition that it not affect funding for future school projects.
Several area residents also addressed the school board to voice their desire to prevent the original Rustburg Middle School building from being torn down. They cited the building’s historical value, and expressed that they thought it should be renovated rather than replaced.
It was also reported at the meeting that students of county schools will be able to switch from virtual-only learning to hybrid learning and vice-versa if they so choose. According to Campbell County Public Schools, 600 county students have chosen to switch from online-only learning to half in-person and half online learning. 80 have chosen to switch from hybrid learning to the online-only format.
The idea to move towards allowing more students to have in-person instruction four days per week rather than two was floated, though there are no definite plans to do so at this time.
Lastly members of the school board expressed gratitude to county teachers and parents for their patience and resilience during the pandemic.