New Clover Hill High School
will be state-of-the art

Posted August 13, 2007 at 5:43 PM, Filed Under: BCA News, Schools, Village Mill

By Lynda Raines
Copy Editor

On July 10, Brandermill residents finally received proof that the new Clover Hill High School (CHHS) will become a reality on 80 acres on Genito Road when county officials presented details and drawings of the school at the Neighborhood Residents Council (NRC) meeting at Brandermill Woods.NRC Programs Chair John Hughes introduced Dianne Pettitt, Clover Hill School Board representative and Kathy Kitchen, Chesterfield County assistant superintendent for business and finance, who outlined new CHHS building and campus features and fielded questions from residents. Those in attendance examined detailed floor plans and an architectural rendering of the new school, which will measure 266,000 square-feet—including the field house—when it is complete.

A new road that will run across the school grounds will provide access to the school from Genito and Old Hundred Roads. Kenbridge Construction, the low bidder on the project, was awarded the contract with a bid of $55.3 million in construction costs. The total projected cost for the new school, including construction, land, site work, technology, furnishings and assorted other costs is $76.5 million. The present Clover Hill High School on U.S. Route 360 opened its doors in 1972 and has in past years suffered from severe overcrowding and malfunctioning heating and cooling equipment.

The projected date for the opening of the new school is set for the fall of 2010. “We hope the groundbreaking for the new school will be in August,” Pettitt said. “We would like for the construction to be complete by the spring of 2010 so we’ll have time to move in the furniture and equipment and do some fine-tuning.”

The Math and Science High School at Clover Hill will remain at the new school, Pettitt added.

New CHHS Facts and Features

• Designed for 1,750 students

• Four separate teaching areas with teacher resource areas

• Auditorium with 966 seats

• Full gymnasium with two practice courts and seating for 2,000

• Physical education and team locker rooms

• Orchestra, band, choir, and drama rooms

• Fitness Center Commons/cafeteria with seating for 590

• Lockers will be located in a special area in order to improve hallway traffic flow

• Full media center

• Multi-use forum

• Full football/soccer stadium with seating for 3,500

• Field house and separate concession/public toilet building

• Competition baseball and softball fields

• Practice baseball and softball fields

• Two physical education fields

• Six tennis courts

• Parking with 939 car spaces and 30 bus spaces