Construction and other capital improvement costs for next fiscal year have increased for Alexandria City Public Schools by millions.
More than $14 million out of the $24 million in cost increases for new and existing capital improvement projects is due to supply chain issues and cost escalations, ACPS staff reported in a presentation to the School Board on Monday (Nov. 14).
Site development cost estimates have increased almost 200%, staff reported.
“There have been industry wide cost escalations on everything,” Erika Gulick, the ACPS executive director of facilities, told the Board. “That affects your groceries and your gasoline and affects construction and steel and concrete and everything else that we use to build our schools.”
In the meantime, the City is wrestling with its own capital improvement cost woes. The city is currently in the process of reevaluating its capital projects over the next decade, and says that CIP costs to the operating budget exceeds anticipated revenue growth.
“Approved capital budgets are larger and more complex than our experienced ability to execute capital projects,” City staff said in a presentation earlier this month. “(The) approved capital improvement program needs to be reassessed and placed on more sustainable path.”
The draft ACPS Capital Improvement Plan budget includes the following projects for FY 2024:
- $17.4 million for George Mason Elementary School design, project management and other construction costs
- $5.5 million for the renovation of the fifth and sixth floors of Ferdinand T. Day Elementary School
- $5.1 million for the retrofit of the swing space at 1703 N. Beauregard Street
- $5 million for repair work at William Ramsay Elementary School
- $2.5 million for renovations at Francis C. Hammond Middle School
- $2 million in transportation system upgrades
- $1.5 million for emergency repairs
- $1.3 million for renovations at George Washington Middle School
- $1.2 million for Alexandria City High School stadium renovations, security enhancements and stormwater improvements
- $1.2 million for textbook replacements
ACPS will next conduct a community meeting on the FY 2024-2033 CIP budget on Monday, Nov. 28. The Board will approve the CIP on Dec. 15.
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Monarch Montessori School located in the heart of Del Ray is enrolling children 6 weeks to 6 years of age for our half day and full day program.
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Del Ray Dog Fest & Yappy Hour
The 1st Annual Del Ray Dog Fest is a fun outdoor event that will include dog-centered activities, dog menu items, live music, vendors and food on Sunday, April 2 from 11am- 3pm at the George Washington Middle School parking lot.