The City of Chesapeake, in partnership with Chesapeake Public Schools (CPS), is embarking on a long-term Facilities Master Plan (FMP) to identify and prioritize the current and future needs of our public school facilities. An attendance zone boundary study will immediately follow the FMP to identify opportunities to improve the efficient use of school facilities and transportation resources.
As a part of this effort, the city and school district formed a Steering Committee comprised of teachers and administrators, parents, students, city staff, higher education representatives, business leaders, and other community members. The Committee will be involved in the detailed work of the study. It is charged with representing community voices at key steps in the planning process, taking part in community dialogue meetings, and providing feedback to the district, the city, and the consulting team. The committee’s input will be vital in developing facility plans and attendance zone boundary options for consideration. This committee will regularly meet for the duration of the project (October 2019 through December 2020). Steering Committee meeting agendas will not include public comment. Citizens will have opportunities to offer comments at the community dialogue meetings.
The first of the Community Dialogue meetings were held on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. at Indian River High School located at 1969 Braves Trail, Chesapeake and Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Western Branch High School located at 1968 Bruins Place, Chesapeake (the same content will be presented at both November meetings).
The second of the Community Dialogue meetings will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at Deep Creek High School located at 2900 Margaret Booker Drive, Chesapeake and Thursday, March 12, 2020, at Oscar Smith High School located at 1994 Tiger Drive, Chesapeake. The content presented at both March meetings will be the same but different from the November meetings. All meetings will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Learn more about the Facilities Master Plan or, if you have any questions about this project, please contact Schools Chief of Operations, Paige Stutz at 757-547-0153 or Deputy City Manager, Laura Fitzpatrick at 757-382-8747.