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Norfolk Public Schools Seeks Community Input on Rebuilding and Renovation Options for Aging School Facilities with Rebuild NPS 2030 Initiative

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April 2, 2021 

Norfolk Public Schools Seeks Community Input on Rebuilding and Renovation Options for Aging School Facilities with Rebuild NPS 2030 Initiative 

NORFOLK, VA – Norfolk Public Schools (NPS) and the consulting firm, Cooperative Strategies are working collaboratively to develop the school division’s long-range master facility plan to rebuild and renovate Norfolk’s aging schools and facilities. Currently there are 49 schools and student centers operating within the school division, with many averaging a lifespan over 50 years.

As part of these efforts, Cooperative Strategies examined each of the schools’ building utilization as well as the current and projected enrollment and a school-by-school condition assessment completed by HBA Architecture Firm. From this data, along with discussions with the school division's leadership team, Cooperative Strategies has developed a draft master facility plan for the City of Norfolk. A steering committee comprised of NPS staff, parents, and community members is also actively participating by providing input and assistance during this process. 

“Having the community weigh in is important. While the professionals who have developed the initial options have approached this from a comprehensively analytical perspective, we must also connect with the people who will live with our decisions,” said NPS Chief Operations Officer Richard C. Fraley, Sr. “We can’t discount that they will have important ideas and information that ultimately can impact our decisions. The feedback and input received from the community is valued and relied upon as part of this process.”  

The school division has launched the Rebuild NPS 2030 initiative to continue its efforts of gathering input from stakeholders and further engaging in community dialogue by hosting the following virtual meeting opportunities:  

The NPS administration, Cooperative Strategies, and the steering committee will take the input gathered from these meetings to evaluate and inform the decision-making process for developing initial priorities. A presentation of final recommendations to the School Board will also be scheduled for June. 

A copy of the Rebuild NPS 2030 draft plan, including the options recommend by Cooperative Strategies and more details can be viewed in the Educational Planning section on the school division’s website: npsk12.com/Page/14999.                                               

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