Stafford County officials broke ground this week on its first new school, High School 6, since 2008.
“This is a moment of celebration for our county because it offers us an opportunity to grow and an opportunity to take care of our children and expand our programming in really dynamic ways,” said Superintendent Thomas W. Taylor at the Wednesday groundbreaking.
Stafford County is building the new school between U.S. 17 and Truslow Road to ease overcrowding. County projections indicate that high school enrollment is at 99.3 percent in fiscal year 2023, and will be at 101.2 percent in fiscal year 2024, and at 102.6 percent the following year.
The 290,000-square-foot High School 6 is set to open in August 2026 and will be big enough for up to 2,150 students in grades 9–12 in the Hartwood District.
Unlike the other five high schools, this one will have a theater large enough to host drama and musical competitions, said Stafford County School Board Chair Susan Randall. “I cannot wait to welcome students into this new facility,” she said.
“We are not only addressing growth through construction of High School 6, we are also addressing the need for modern facilities capable of providing amenities that align with our students’ educational interests,” said Taylor.
Pamela Yeung, chair of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors, said at the groundbreaking that the new school “symbolizes opportunity, growth and progress.”
The county awarded the $139.3 million contract for the school’s construction to Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc. in September.
“While this is a great start, we have a long way to go. I thank our Board of Supervisors for not only including High School 6 as a priority, but also for approving construction of two new elementary schools in the near future,” Taylor said.
Feature image of the groundbreaking courtesy Stafford County Public Schools
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