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Albemarle County Discusses Possible New High School

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A brand new high school is on the table in Albemarle County, in preparation for a potential population boom.

The early estimates for a new high school stand upward of $100 million. The county says it's just one option, but building a new high school could mean building the high school of the future. 

A new high school in northern Albemarle could pave the way for a new way of teaching and learning. 

The county is on the hunt for a piece of property along the Route 29 North Corridor. It could house a brand new high school.

"We believe it would be a lot different than the traditional high school we build today and perhaps not even include a football stadium," said Josh Davis, chief operating officer for Albemarle Schools. 

More construction, more houses and more people are calling the northern part of Albemarle home. The county adds about 1,000 new people each year, many families with school-age children. 

"It is expanding. We have projects approved which would allow some additional substantial residential as well as commercial," said Albemarle Supervisor Dennis Rooker. 

Students in that area go to Albemarle High School right now but the school is nearing its capacity of 1,800. 

"I think it's pretty well recognized that that school complex is maxed out in terms of what it can accommodate," Rooker said. 

Administrators say a new high school would be an opportunity to infuse the latest technology into not only engineering and sciences but also the humanities. 

"We're looking at a school that perhaps students would not occupy six hours a day. So we might serve 1,000 students with seats for 700 due to possible online learning," Davis said.  

Other options include expanding Monticello and Western Albemarle high schools. But that would also come with the controversial idea of redistricting.

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