new schools for 2006

Only one new high school opens in Va. this Fall.

Chesterfield County opens their 11th high school, to relieve overcrowding at Clover Hill & Manchester. Located on Cosby Road, the (AAA) Cosby Titans won't have a Senior class, but will compete in the Dominion District this year in every sport but football. They WILL play a full varsity football schedule, but it will be mostly against private schools and last year's new public schools. Total cost was $59.7 Mil.

Two schools that opened last year in Loudoun Co., Briar Woods (Falcons) and Freedom (Eagles), will make their varsity football debuts after playing JV schedules in 2005. Both will be in the Dulles District, but won't be eligible for the District title.

Also, the Mountain Vista Governor's School for Science, Math and Technology, serving Culpeper, Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Rappahannock and Warren Counties, and the City of Winchester, debuts this Fall. It will have morning classes at the Lord Fairfax Community College campuses in Middletown and Warrenton. Expected enrollment is around 115 in top 2 grades.

Also, James Monroe moves into their new building in Fredericksburg.

In Roanoke, the long running "What to do with venerable Victory Stadium?" debate has come to a crashing end. Voters delivered a mandate in the May City Council elections, and contractors brought in the wrecking ball in late June. (Ironically, demolition was delayed slightly by minor flooding in July).

This means William Fleming and Patrick Henry will be hitting the road this Fall (and maybe a few more). The Colonels have adopted the "Home is where you make it" philosophy and will play all 10 games this season on their opponents fields. Meanwhile, the Patriots are going with "Home is where you hang your hat", and their hat-rack will be down 220 a piece in Rocky Mount this Fall. WVD rival Franklin County offered to share their stadium (when available) with PH, which leads to a complicated schedule. PH will play 3 "home" games @ Franklin County - Heritage on 9/15, E.C. Glass on 10/13 & Franklin Co. on 11/10. Their other 3 home games - Pulaski Co. on 9/1, Jeff. Forest on 9/8 & Bassett on 9/22 - are now "away" games.

Roanoke's goal is to put a small stadium on both campuses. The old Victory Stadium scoreboard will go to PH with Fleming getting the goal posts.

Meanwhile, down 81 a piece, Eastern Montgomery moves into their on-campus stadium after years of playing at Shawsville Middle school (the former SHS).

And a handful of schools have switched from grass to artificial turf.

Amherst County has installed ProGrass ($525,000), Liberty-Bealeton has SmartGrass ($734,000), George Mason (Fairfax) has FieldTurf ($760,675), and Yorktown (Arlington) may have to move a few games until their field is finished.

On the collegiate level, JMU (site of the Group A championship game) has replaced their AstroTurf 12 (which UVA-Wise has) with FieldTurf ($800,000). William & Mary has also installed FieldTurf ($840,000).

In WV, Big Creek should have a new field sometime soon. Since Mario Polletti Field had to be demolished to make way for a new (K-8) school building, the baseball field was to be converted to football. But the May 31st completion date turned out to be a pipe-dream, and now they're shooting for Sept. 22, according to a recent article in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. Their Sept. 8th game has been moved to Pocahontas.

And Lincoln Co. has consolidated Duval, Guyan Valley, Hamlin & Harts into the new Lincoln County High School (Panthers) in Hamlin.

(But, since most of Harts' 200 or so students live about 40 miles from Hamlin, they will be allowed to attend Chapmanville High [about 10 miles away in Logan Co.], which will move into a new, larger building next Fall and become Chapmanville Regional High School.)

In eastern KY, Knox Co. Central moves down 25E from Barbourville to a new building (and field) at Bimble.

And Shelby Valley has installed FieldTurf - I've heard it will now be called Teco Field.

In NC, one new school in Charlotte is worth mentioning. Ardrey Kell opens with a stadium that is already over a year old - and it was the first turfed field in the state. Since then, all 7 high schools in and around Asheville have had GameDay Grass turf installed.

Here's a look ahead at planned and proposed construction which I know of :

2007 - Chesapeake's 7th HS, on Dominion Blvd. at Grassfield ($66.8 mil)
       to relieve overcrowding at (mainly) Hickory, Great Bridge and Deep Creek.
       About 1,800 students in seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th grade
              Grassfield Grizzlies - 2400 student capacity

2007 - Williamsburg's 3rd HS, behind the Outlets Mall at VA 199 & Rt. 614 ($40 mil)
       (relieves Lafayette & Jamestown - 1450 student capacity )
              Warhill Lions   Carolina blue, black & silver

2007 - Warren Co. plays musical schools due to overcrowding.  The Sr. High & 
       Jr. High will swap buildings, with half of the HS students moving into 
       the new Skyline High, just a little south of the old (current) Sr. High, 
       near the entrance to Skyline Drive.
              Skyline Hawks   midnight blue, forest green & gold

2007 - Roanoke's Patrick Henry - remodeling phase II should be complete; 
       may include a $4.1 million, 3,000-seat stadium

2007 - James River - $15 mil. renovation finished?  : $180/ sq. foot

2007 - a replacement building for Alexandria's T.C. Williams 
          (on the old football field - new field in '08?)

2008 - Culpeper Co.'s 2nd HS - at State Rt. 666 & US 29 - 1500 capacity - $47/53 mil  

2008 - a replacement building for King George - $37/42 mil - 1500 capacity - 225k sq. ft. 

2008 - a replacement building for New Kent - $50 mil. - 1400 students

2008 ? - a replacement building for Dinwiddie on Courthouse Road - $40+ mil - 
          1600 student capacity

2008 ? - Fauquier Co.'s 3rd H.S. - on Rt. 602 - 1200 capacity - $60 mil - 230,000 sq. ft.

2008 ??? - Loudoun Co. is trying for the 231-acre county-owned Fields Farm property 
  north of Purcellville (about a mile from Loudoun Valley) to relieve LV.  $63.5+ Mil.
  But Purcellville has filed suit against the new "Western" school & Fields Farm

Purcellville and Hamilton councils have voted to keep the new school away from their 
towns, while residents and officials in Lovettsville and Round Hill want it.

They're also looking at a 72-acre tract north of Round Hill near the Rt. 7 bypass at 
Evening Star Drive & Rt. 719.

2009 ??? - Loudoun Co. is also looking put a school near Leesburg to help Heritage & 
     Loudoun Co. - maybe North of Leesburg on Rt. 15 Business, or near the airport & 
     Kincaid Forest, across from the new Smart's Mill Middle School

2009 - a replacement building for Clarke Co. (800 capacity) - $40 mil 
           33 mil. for building, 8 mil. for furnishings & infrastructure 
           was $25 mil est. for 2006, but they couldn't agree on it

2009 ? - Northumberland County is planning a combined middle and high school 

2009 ? - Page Co. - will decide in August whether to build two new high schools 
         (for Luray & Page Co. - $58 million), then convert the existing 
         high schools to middle schools.

2009 - a replacement building for Roanoke's William Fleming - $45 mil.
          and a new $4.1 mil 3,000 seat stadium at Ferncliff Ave. ?

2009 - Stafford Co.'s 6th HS - Leeland Road - in the southern part of the county?

2010 - Chesterfield Co. replaces Clover Hill w/a new bldg. on Genito Road 

2011 ? - Chesapeake's 8th HS - in the Centerville Turnpike/Elbow Road area, 
      to relieve overcrowding at Hickory, Great Bridge, Indian River & Oscar Smith

2010 - Frederick Co.'s 4th H.S.

2009 - Prince William Co.'s 11th H.S.
2012 - Prince William Co.'s 12th H.S.
2014 - Prince William Co.'s 13th H.S.

Buchanan Co., VA - a replacement building for Grundy H.S. near Poplar Gap Park
       (size - 650 students; cost - $21 mil. ?) talks stalled early

Dickenson Co., VA - possible consolidation of Haysi & Ervinton in lieu of 

Montgomery Co., VA - considering building a replacement for Blacksburg's 
    Bill Brown Stadium behind the middle school (at Prices Fork and Merrimac roads), 
    with a possible new H.S. there in 10-20 years.  $2 million.

McDowell Co., WV - Big Creek & Iaeger will consolidate at Bradshaw in
      ? early 2009 ?.  A new football field is supposed to be ready for 2006.

Mingo Co., WV -  Burch, Matewan and Williamson might consolidate near Varney in 2009.
                 (with Gilbert eventually moving over to "Mingo South")

Floyd Co., KY - Betsy Layne, South Floyd & Allen Central might consolidate.

Harlan Co., KY - Cawood, Evarts & Cumberland plan to consolidate into the 
                 Harlan Co. Knights in 2008 @ Rosspoint.  $30 mil