Pursuing Excellence for Tomorrow's Challenges
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is there a need for an additional elementary school?
- The need was documented in the 2008 Referendum; an additional elementary school was approved
- The need is even greater now (in 2017) than it was then (in 2008).
Q: Has our growth enrollment peaked?
A: Projections are for continued growth.
Q: Can we address our overcrowding at Chapin Elementary and Lake Murray Elementary through rezoning?
A: Rezoning can provide some temporary relief, but will not offer a permanent solution.
Q: Is the site safe and has a traffic study been done?
A: A traffic study has been completed. No improvements are needed beyond the highway right of way.
Q: Why the Amicks Ferry side of Chapin and why not Mount Vernon Church Road/Derrick Pond Road?
A: From May 22, 2017 VISION 202 Update -
- It is important to serve Chapin students in Chapin
- It is important to preserve the Chapin Geographical Grouping Concept.
Q: Have the requirements of the District's policy on site acquisition (Policy FEE) been met?
A: See the attached checklists.
Policy FEE Purpose - To establish the basic structure for the acquisition of sites for school construction.
The board believes it is appropriate and necessary to identify and acquire land in a formalized manner to assure the most advantageous pieces of real estate are obtained for School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties.
- Establish parameters for selection
- Analyze attendance zones to determine general location boundaries
- Determine range of acreage requirements
- Identify and evaluate potential sites
- Collect preliminary data on each potential site
- Retain a realtor to represent the district as a buyer, if necessary
- Eliminate unsuitable sites
- Perform technical evaluation and comparative analysis
- Perform final site selection
- Provide site recommendation to the board
- Obtain "contingent" board approval
- Have "Letter of Intent to Purchase" sent to the seller
- Perform "contingent" technical evaluation - As part of the contingent technical evaluation, the district hired an MAI certified appraiser
Policy FEE - Whenever possible, the board will acquire school sites long before they are needed. Such a policy will permit a better choice of site at acreage rather than lot prices and will reduce the need for costly demolition of residential or other structures.
Q: Is the price we're paying a fair price?
A: Value of the land is priced fairly for its intended purpose, and the purchase price is supported by the appraisal.
Q: What are the results of the "Due Diligence" assessment?
A: See video above.