It seems like Avendale, the proposed 300 – 500 home development in the rural crescent in Bristow, is back on the schedule for the PWC BOCS.
Our previous article, Let’s Cram More Kids Into Overcrowded Schools, discusses the development in more detail.
For families in the Bristow / Gainesville area this is a big deal. Our children have never attended schools that weren’t severely overcrowded. The local high school had to rent a bathroom trailer because there were so many kids and so few bathrooms that the school was violating health codes. Recess is rationed at the elementary schools, the hallways are jammed. It can take 5 minutes to walk from the entrance of the elementary school to the classrooms at the start of the day. One local elementary school, which has been overcrowded for more than 9 years, is literally out of space for trailers and two more are expected next year.
Yes, there are two new schools under construction in the area and scheduled to open in a couple of years. But those schools are to relieve overcrowding at our current schools and will open at capacity. By 2012 all of the schools in the area will be overcapacity and back to current overcrowding levels by 2014.
Three to five hundred more homes doesn’t seem like that much, but in an area where the schools have already burst their seams, adding an additional 200 – 300 children (on the low side) is too much. The county is broke. Counting on new school construction to take up the excess capacity is totally unrealistic. Cedar Point and Bristow Run have been severely overcrowded for more than 9 years, and they’re still waiting.
It’s time to take a stand and tell the BOCS and the planning commission to do what’s right for the citizens of this county for a change.
The Planning Commission meeting is Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 7pm. The email contacts for the planning commission are:
The Board of Supervisors will vote on Tuesday, January 5, 2009 at 7 PM. Email contacts for them are :