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Albemarle County Looks to Expand School Infrastructure as Enrollment Increases

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Another joint meeting will be held soon to discuss the topic further Another joint meeting will be held soon to discuss the topic further
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Albemarle County supervisors and school board members are learning more about how the county can expand its school infrastructure through new public-private partnerships.

At a joint work session on Monday, November 5, both boards were briefed by county staff on ways to stray from the traditional design-build process and give private sector developers more input in the design process.

This comes as the county school system anticipates needing to build more schools as enrollment numbers continue to grow.

“What we’re trying to figure out is how we can involve possibly a private organization, possibly a nonprofit, but more likely a for-profit business, to help us design the school and finance the school, obviously with us having lots of input about what we need,” Norman Dill, an Albemarle County supervisor, said.

Staff members recommend both boards explore the option of using public-private partnerships on all future school construction projects.

Both boards are set to hold another joint meeting in the coming months to discuss examples set by other Virginia localities.

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