(Henrico County Public Schools)

Two New Henrico High Schools

Highland Springs; Tucker To Get Replacements

September 20, 2018 - 3:02 pm

Henrico, Va. Sept. 20, 2018 – Henrico County plans to construct a new J.R. Tucker High School and a new Highland Springs High School, replacing two of its oldest public high schools with modern facilities. Each new school is expected to cost $80 million and begin construction in fall 2019, with a goal of opening in fall 2021. The schedule will allow students who are currently freshmen to spend their senior years in the new buildings, according to a plan outlined today by county government and school officials.

The new J.R. Tucker will be built on the school’s North Parham Road campus, where the existing 1962 building now stands. The new Highland Springs is planned on a wooded property along East Beal Street, adjacent to the existing school, and will front South Airport Drive. The existing school building, which opened in 1952 and was renovated in 2008, will be retained.

Funding for the schools’ construction plan is expected to come from several sources. The 2016 bond referendum identified $55 million to renovate J.R. Tucker and $42 million to build an east area technical center, or business innovation center, in the Varina District. Henrico plans to use those funds and cover the remaining $63 million with a combination of other sources, including $26 million in meals tax reserves, $4.8 million in other available funds and up to $32.2 million in Virginia Public School Authority bonds.