The Bedford School Board at its June 13 regular meeting, heard improvement options for 13 different schools in the Bedford County school system. Bill Downey, of Downey and Scott LLC, gave the presentation to the board.

Downey and Scott LLC evaluated the 13 schools for facility planning options which were not in the facility assessment done in 2016. Downey in his presentation, provided some recommendations for future facility planning, as well as commissioning standards for future projects. He also provided school facility data for each of the existing elementary facilities.

One of these options involves construction a new new 100,000 gross square foot, 650 seat capacity elementary school. The optimal site for planning this, according to Downey’s presentation would be between 15-20 acres with moderate topography and access to public utilities.

“The 2016 study was very thorough,” Downey said. “It didn’t go far enough. Where it stopped was that it didn’t create any additional capacity at your elementary school program. So we took that study as the baseline but we took to its next logical point.”

The 13 schools Downey’s presentation covered included Bedford Elementary School, Bedford Primary School, Big Island Elementary School, Boonsboro Elementary School, Forest Elementary School, Goodview Elementary School, Huddleston Elementary School, Moneta Elementary School, Montvale Elementary School, New London Academy, Otter River Elementary School, Stewartsville Elementary School, Stewartsville Elementary School and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.

-For more information, see the June 19 edition of the Smith Mountain Eagle-

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