7/29/2014 UPDATE: Groundbreaking for the new Kemps Landing Old Donation School was at 9 a.m., located at the former Old Donation site on Ferry Plantation Road.
The 225,000-square foot KLDOS will be a full-time gifted program for intellectually gifted students in grades two through eight, school officials say.
It's scheduled to be completed in Fall 2017.
Starting this September, students from Old Donation Center and Kemps Landing Magnet School will relocate into a shared facility at the former Princess Anne Middle School at 2509 Seaboard Road, while the new school is under construction.
VIRGINIA BEACH -- A deteriorating Virginia Beach school could get a makeover.
Parents are thrilled to hear about the proposal to build a new school for gifted students.
The plan is to combine Old Donation Center and Kemps Landing Magnet School.
Both of the schools were built more than 50 years ago. One of them was recently infested with rats.
The $63 million for the project comes from the district’s capital improvement fund. The project is largely debt financed, according to school board chair Dan Edwards.
“The city buys bonds and the school board writes the contracts for projects. Each year, the interest on past school construction comes out of the schools budget," said Edwards. ”In recent years, many school construction projects have been delayed because of budget cuts. We had six school projects planned to be completed in the next six years. Now we’re looking at three projects.”
However, Edwards explains the Kemps Landing Old Donation project is officially funded and approved by the city. Construction is expected to begin in 2014 and finish in late 2016.
To see more on the capital improvement plan, click here.