Thursday, September 15, 2011
New Blacksburg High School is now one permit closer to completion
Blacksburg took another step in the lengthy process of building a new high school Tuesday, when council unanimously approved a permit request.
The conditional use request from Montgomery County proposes that a new high school, complete with parking and athletic facilities, be built at 3109 Prices Fork Road behind Kipps Elementary and Blacksburg Middle School, which currently serves as the town's high school.
Having lost the former high school to a roof collapse, the approved permit allows Montgomery County to build a new school, which is expected to be ready to open by fall 2013.
Tuesday's meeting lasted nearly two hours, with all but about 8 minutes spent on discussing the permit, according to town officials. Residents and council members shared thoughts, concerns and support before the council cast its vote.
Gay and Neel Inc., a Christiansburg engineering firm, prepared the permit application as part of the public-private team that will design and build Blacksburg High and two schools in Riner.
- Lerone Graham