County leaders are preparing to borrow about $9 million to add 20,000 square feet of classroom space at Jouett Elementary School.
Citizens will have a chance to weigh in on the bonds that will pay for the school expansion during a public hearing at the Louisa County Board of Supervisors’ March 1 meeting. The county intends to issue general obligation bonds, to be sold to the Virginia Public School Authority.
Louisa County Public Schools is expected to start a search in the next few weeks for construction companies to bid on the work. The county paid Richmond-based RRMM Architects $477,000 in 2020 to design the building addition. Timmons Group, also of Richmond, was subcontracted to handle portions of the design.
Jouett will add 13 classrooms, including four dedicated to special education, behind the original school building, which dates from the mid-1980s. The $9 million will also pay for a “gathering” space; front and rear corridor connections; site work and replacing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in the existing structure.
The current Jouett building is 65,142 square feet, with 32 classrooms, including two for special education. Of the 560 students that attended each day prior to the coronavirus pandemic, a significant number were taught in a set of trailers separate from the main school building. That has been a bone of contention for residents in eastern Louisa. The trailers will go away once the addition is completed.