Coun­cil OKs par­tial fund­ing for school project

School board to re­place, ex­pand high school ten­nis courts

The Progress-Index - - FRONT PAGE - By Kelsey Re­ichen­berg Staff Writer

COLO­NIAL HEIGHTS - At last week's meet­ing, the Colo­nial Heights City Coun­cil voted in ap­proval of pro­vid­ing the school board with its re­quested $100,000 for a project to be com­pleted to ex­pandthe high school’s ten­nis courts.

The school board re­quested the par­tial fund­ing a cou­ple of months ago as they wished to move for­ward on a $500,000 project that will in­volve the re­place­ment and ex­pan­sion of Colo­nial Heights High School's ten­nis courts. The school board is fund­ing $400,000 but re­quested an ad­di­tional $100,000 from coun­cil as part of the city’s FY 2017-18 bud­get cy­cle.

To ful­fill the school board’s re­quest, city coun­cil voted to ap­pro­pri­ate $76,666 from the pro­ceeds

from the sale of the old court­house to the cap­i­tal pro­jects bud­get.

The project also ap­pro­pri­ates a $400,000 con­tri­bu­tion from the School Di­vi­sion in the cap­i­tal pro­jects bud­get, and trans­fers $23,334 from the fa­cil­i­ties master plan project to fund the to­tal $500,000 pro­posed cost.

“We’re send­ing out

bids this week,” said Colo­nial Heights Fi­nance Di­rec­tor Sheila Mi­nor. “So the project is kick­ing off.”

“We won’t start con­struc­tion un­til af­ter this ten­nis sea­son is com­plete, but we will def­i­nitely want the [new and im­proved] ten­nis courts in place for next sea­son,” added Colo­nial Heights City Man­ager Dou­glas Smith.

Kelsey Re­ichen­berg may be reached at kre­ichen­berg@ progress-in­dex.com or 804-722-5109.

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