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Alexandria School Board Approves $379.5M Capital Improvment Project Budget


ALEXANDRIA, VA-At a Dec. 14 meeting the Alexandria City School Board approved the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) budget for Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS). The $379,555,400 budget will cover the 10-year period of FY 2025-2034.

The budget includes funding for the modernization of the school system’s transportation facility, new buildings for George Mason and Cora Kelly, playground maintenance, and a renovation of 1701 N. Beauregard St site.

“I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the superintendent and dedicated teams from the departments of Facilities and Operations and Financial Services for their commitment to developing a comprehensive Capital Improvement Budget that continues to address the needs of the division,” said School Board Chair Dr. Michelle Rief. “I want to thank community members for their participation in this process, as well. Everyone’s steadfast support strengthens the foundation of our shared goals and uplifts the spirit of collaboration as we pave the way for a brighter future.“

The budget maintains a majority of the school division’s planned projects and adjusts for increased costs. It exceeds City Council’s FY 2024-33 CIP by $1.9 million.  The amount is lower than last year’s due to the city’s input.

CIP budget funding is allocated by the City of Alexandria. The city also maintains all funding and completes related accounting. However, ACPS is given the authority to execute projects.

The 2023-24 school year marked the highest ACPS enrollment since 1971, with 16,071 students currently enrolled in our schools. This is an increase of 339 students from the previous school year. The George Mason and Cora Kelly projects will help address an increase that continues to grow. [SEE ALSO: Theater Teachers Honored for 2 Decades of Service to Alexandria City High School Students]

Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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