Renovations at Providence M.S. moving forward despite hefty price tag

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Providence Middle School, built in 1968, hasn’t been touched since 1987.

On Monday, the school board approved a $22.6 million overhaul that will include HVAC and electrical upgrades, roof replacement, kitchen renovation, and site improvements to instructional areas. Providence is one of 10 schools being renovated as part of a bond referendum passed in 2013.

Months ago, plans to renovate came to a halt when two bids came in over $6 million the original estimated cost. The current plan is $2 million over original estimates. It’s the second school to come in over budget as Monacan High School’s renovation is costing $3.2 million more than the original estimate.

To bridge the current gap, the school system has approved using money from its Capital Improvement Plan fund. In a recent post from the county’s new superintendent, Dr. James Lane states:

“Moving forward, we need to do a better job estimating the cost of construction projects.”

8News reached out to the school system and asked if they’re concerned about future renovation projects and whether the cost of renovations at Providence could have a negative impact on those plans. The sent us the following statement:

“Given that the original estimates for all of the bond referendum projects were done approximately four years ago, the estimates are continually being evaluated.”

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