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Building the Future: School Construction for 21st Century
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NEW: City, school division collaborate to include a fifth school in the “Building the Future” school construction initiative

City and school division leaders have agreed to ask the City Council on Tuesday, July 21, to revise Norfolk’s comprehensive agreement with S.B. Ballard Co. for construction of new schools. The proposed revisions will significantly improve the agreement by adding a firm schedule and funding for a long-discussed replacement of Camp Allen Elementary School. The revised agreement also will give the school division authority over the money that was budgeted for ordering furniture, equipment and technology for the new schools. Read more...

A 10-member team from the City of Norfolk & Norfolk Public Schools is negotiating with Virginia Beach-based S.B. Ballard Construction Company for the design and construction of five elementary schools. The decision to move forward with S.B. Ballard was made after reviewing three proposals received in response to a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued September 2013, as part of the process required by the Public-Private Educational Facilities Infrastructure Act (PPEA).  

Building the Future - Creating a 21st Learning Environment Public-Private Education and Infrastructure Act
PPEA Proposals

Creating a 21st Century Learning Environment
Norfolk Public Schools is on a mission is to become the cornerstone of a proudly diverse community, ensuring that all students maximize their academic potential, develop skills for lifelong learning and are successful contributors to a global society, as distinguished by:
  • Courageous advocacy for all students
  • Family and community investment
  • Data-driven personalized learning
  • Strong and effective leadership teams
  • Shared responsibility for teaching and learning
  • Access to rigorous and rewarding college and career readiness opportunities
The division has a five-year strategic plan to achieve the mission, and the plan includes creating 21st-century learning environments for all children. The partnership between the school division and the City of Norfolk to build five new elementary schools will significantly advance that effort.

In addition, the Norfolk School Board has approved a Transformation Initiative as a component of the NPS five-year Strategic Plan. The Transformation Initiative, which will bring strong instructional themes such as International Baccalaureate and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to many schools across Norfolk, will ensure that the teaching and learning inside the walls are as strong as our newly constructed school facilities.

City Council presentation & videos
  • July 22, 2014 - City Council receives update on school construction from Deputy City Manager Ron Williams. 
  • May 13, 2014
  • March 25, 2014 
  • December 10, 2013
  • November 26, 2013
  • August 27, 2013
  • June 11, 2013 - City Council made a commitment to build the schools during the FY 2014 budget development. The design-build process allows interested developers to submit a proposal which includes design and construction costs. This process saves time and jump starts construction. Packaging the projects together can also result in efficiencies and cost savings. The state-mandated process requires public input workshops.

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