VBCPS - Charting the Course
Date: 04/18/23 Phone: 757.263.1797
News Release No. 015 Fax: 757.263.1010
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VBCPS moves forward with PPEA interim agreement beginning with community input sessions

With the recent approval of the interim PPEA (Public Private Education Act) agreement by the School Board and City Council, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) is beginning the design process for the replacement of four of the division's oldest schools - Princess Anne High School, Bayside High School, Bayside Sixth Grade Campus and Bettie F. Williams Elementary - with three new school facilities. As part of the process, the school division and S.B. Ballard Construction Company's (SBBCC) PPEA team are inviting the community to a series of feedback sessions outlined below.

Bayside High School community input meetings:

  • May 3 (6-7:30) - Bayside HS Library
  • May 31 (6-7:30) - Bayside HS Library
  • Sept 12 (6-7:30) - Bayside HS Library
  • Oct 26 (6-7:30) - Bayside HS Library

Princess Anne High School community input meetings:

  • May 3 (6-7:30) - Bayside HS Library
  • June 1 (6-7:30) - Princess Anne HS Library
  • Sept 13 (6-7:30) - Princess Anne HS Library
  • Oct 25 (6-7:30) - Princess Anne HS Library

Bettie F. Williams Elementary School/Bayside Sixth Grade Campus community input meetings:

  • May 1 (6-7:30) - Williams ES Cafeteria
  • May 30 (6-7:30) - Bayside 6th Grade Cafeteria
  • Sept 14 (6-7:30) - Williams ES Cafeteria
  • Oct 23 (6-7:30) - Bayside 6th Grade Cafeteria

VBCPS and S.B. Ballard Construction Company's PPEA team are seeking input from the community that will be critical in shaping the vision to provide new facilities that will support the current and future educational programs for these schools. In addition to the community meetings, the group is assembling Planning Advisory Teams for each school, comprised of VBCPS teachers, staff, and central office administrators as well as students, parents, and community members.

In May of 2021, SBBCC and its team of design consultants submitted an unsolicited PPEA proposal to VBCPS for the replacement of these schools. This would include the two high school replacements, and a new, consolidated Bettie F. Williams 4-5/Bayside 6th Grade Campus that would replace those existing schools, one of which is currently housed in the original Aragona Elementary School.

SBBCC will utilize the PPEA process to ensure transparency and collaboration and to explore potential expedited schedules, construction cost savings and future energy cost savings. One of the other asks from the School Board and City Council in this process is to find efficiencies of size and scale prior to or during the design process/community input process.

SBBCC's team of professionals includes HBA Architecture and Interior Design, RRMM Architects, the Livas Group Architects, and BrainSpaces Inc., educational facility planners, along with a consortium of regional engineering consultants and supporting team members who are well-versed in educational project delivery. The S.B. Ballard Construction Company PPEA team offers a wealth of relevant experience in the programming, planning, design and construction of quality schools in Virginia Beach and across the Commonwealth.

For more information on the PPEA agreement and these projects, visit vbschoolsofthefuture.com.


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