|Posted by: SiteAdmin on Feb 08, 2004 – 09:23 PM
|The Norfolk School Board decided Sept. 23, 2003, to proceed with the renovation of Blair Middle School and to send the project out to bid again after the lowest bid received earlier came in $7.5 million higher than planned. The board made some changes to the original project and hopes that the city will cover any funding shortfall.
TO: Norfolk School Board
Sent: Tue 8/19/2003
Dear Madam Chair, dear board members:
During its monthly meeting, the board of the Ghent Neighborhood League was made aware of suggestions offered elsewhere that a new Blair Middle School be built outside of Ghent and that the Blair building be conveyed to the City of Norfolk for use as an art center or similar purpose.
The board believes that the school, which has served the community at its present location for more than 80 years, is an integral part of the community and its historic character. It subsequently voted unanimously in support of keeping Blair in Ghent and operating it as a middle school.
We apologize for the informality of this note but, given the limited time between our Monday night discussion and the school board’s Wednesday morning meeting, we hope that you will understand our need to convey our thoughts to you as quickly as possible.
As we have expressed in the past, we were delighted when the school board a few years ago shared its Blair renovation plans with our community and committed itself to the school’s renovation. We look forward to working with the board step by step to ensure that this venerable school will continue to serve the community well – and it is current location – for years and decades to come.
With kind regards,
By order of the board:
Blair Middle School: Norfolk School Board Sept. 23, 2003 Meeting
February 8, 2004 by Irene