School decision delayed again

Published 10:32 pm Thursday, April 19, 2012

City Council voted Wednesday to again delay until its next meeting a decision on a new school site at the request of the School Board.

“We have not completely secured a contract,” said Deran Whitney, superintendent of Suffolk Public Schools. “We’re still in the midst of negotiations. We do feel confident that we should have a contract by (May 2).”

The lack of a contract on the land, located at the intersection of Holland and Pioneer roads, was the reason the conditional use permit request was delayed the first time in March. Some City Council members wanted to see a contract before they made a decision.


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“I’m not going to pass anything until it’s locked down in some type of form,” Councilman Charles Parr said then.

Whitney said at that meeting that the school system did not want to appear presumptuous and that any delay would threaten the aggressive timetable that’s in place.

Residents have spoken out against the location with concerns about traffic on Holland Road and drainage on the site. They also protested that no public input had gone into choosing the site.

The new school would serve students in the southwestern portion of the city.

The decision will be taken up again at City Council’s May 2 meeting.