The Capital Improvement Planning Process
The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is the Goochland County School Board’s plan for additions, renovations and improvements to existing facilities, the construction of new facilities, and the purchase of new equipment over the next eight fiscal years, 2014 through 2021. The Capital Improvement Plan is separate from the annual operating budget as it includes any proposed public construction, land acquisition, building improvements, or equipment purchases with a value greater than $50,000. This CIP summarizes anticipated school projects by year, by cost, and by recommended funding source.
The CIP for the school district is an eight-year plan, which is updated annually to adjust for changing needs. CIP items are developed in response to the need for additional student capacity, changing technology and communication needs, curriculum and programmatic needs and necessary improvements to existing facilities. This CIP sets forth needs and priorities to align facility development with anticipated revenues, growth, and the community’s ability to provide funding. The CIP attempts to fund a significant portion of capital improvements through the County savings plan and follows the County financial guidelines to limit the ratio of debt service as a percent of general fund expenditures not to exceed ten percent.
The Current (2014-21) CIP Document
The School Board unanimously approved their Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) priorities during its regularly scheduled meeting on February 12, 2013. In creating these priorities, we involve our facilities committee, including members of the county staff, and we thank all of them for their time invested in this project. The priorities that the School Board adopted are:
- Need 1 – Address Elementary School needs through either a new school building or the renovation of Goochland Elementary School; however, we would like to continue evaluating the purchase of an existing elementary school (i.e. Rudlin Torah Academy) to meet enrollment capacity needs until debt service capacity allows a new or renovated elementary school.
- Need 2 – Address Transportation Facility needs through the most most effective manner, such as the purchase of the Oilville facility or building a new facility on Bulldog Way.
- Need 3 – Address Career and Technical Education programming and capacity needs through an addition (i.e. “wing”) at Goochland High School or the renovation of the Specialty Center.