NNPS launches Huntington Middle School feasibility study

Posted: August 20, 2018

Newport News Public Schools has launched a feasibility study to guide the next steps for Huntington Middle School. NNPS has engaged Grimm and Parker Architects to lead the process of gathering input and engaging educators, parents, business and industry partners, alumni and members of the community through a visioning process to identify design features, characteristics and learning components of the new middle school.

Over the next several weeks, the architectural firm will lead three stakeholder group meetings and several focus groups as part of its collaborative visioning process.

Grimm and Parker will also conduct a site analysis of the Huntington property, draft an education plan and produce a conceptual design for a new Huntington Middle School by early November 2018.

The feasibility study comes after a 2016 comprehensive facilities assessment which detailed the need for a new school building, and after months of discussion about the condition of Huntington Middle School and the impact on student learning. In December 2017, the School Board voted on a resolution that authorized and directed the Superintendent to study and analyze the future needs of the Huntington building due to the deteriorating conditions of the 82-year-old school.

The resolution calls for a recommendation from the Superintendent on or before March 1, 2019 regarding the future use of the Huntington Middle School building and site.

The School Board and Superintendent have expressed their plan to build a new Huntington Middle School. The Superintendent's draft 2020-2024 Capital Improvement Plan includes $50 million in fiscal year 2020 to fund the cost of building a new Huntington Middle School. The Newport News City Council approved $2.8 million in the city's CIP to fund the cost of the design fees for the new middle school in 2019.

The results of the feasibility study will be shared with the School Board in November and a joint meeting between the School Board and City Council will be requested in December 2018 to discuss the Capital Improvement Plan.