HARRISONBURG — Harrisonburg City Public Schools is satisfied with the number of architectural proposals received for a new middle school on Garbers Church Road, according to a division official.
Proposals were due Friday for the project, which will ease crowding in the school division by providing a new school near Harrisonburg High School that will facilitate at least 900 sixth- through eighth-graders. The school will replace Thomas Harrison Middle School, which will be converted into an elementary school.
Architects submitting proposals were asked to include plans to build the middle school on one of two sites: either adjacent to HHS or less than a mile down the road next to the entrance to Heritage Oaks golf course. The architects also were asked to submit plans for revamping THMS to serve elementary students.
The middle school project is expected to cost between $30 million and $40 million and to be ready in time for classes in fall 2016.
Nine proposals were received, according to Craig Mackail, the division’s executive director of special projects and schools safety.
“There was no goal in mind, but we thought we’d get a pretty good response,” said Mackail, who said he was satisfied with the number of proposals received.
Members of a committee now have about two weeks before meeting to discuss the proposals. The committee consists of Mackail, Superintendent Scott Kizner, two Harrisonburg City School Board members, two City Council members and City Manager Kurt Hodgen.
“The group will decide how many [companies] and who they want to interview,” Mackail said.
The committee is expected to present two or three proposals to the entire School Board for review.
An architect should be hired for the project around the beginning of September, Mackail said.