New Goochland Elementary School

Construction Project

The New GES Design Committee produced a Design Vision statement during October 2021 that includes four principles to guide their work: The new school will be flexible and adaptable, collaborative and engaging, student-centered and age-appropriate, and connected to the site and nature.

Merritt (6) shows the architect her design of the new GES at the GES Community meeting.

Merritt (6) shows the architect her design of the new GES at the GES Community meeting.

After serving the learning needs of generations of students, Goochland Elementary will be reborn in 2024 as a new school along Bulldog Way!

The new Goochland Elementary School will be home for 650 K-5 students and preschool students in a separate wing. The new school will be designed for today’s teachers and students and will include a gym and an appropriately sized media center. While design discussions are just beginning, the new school will also include modern security and energy efficiency features and have designated car and bus drop-off and pick-up areas.

We will keep this site up-to-date throughout the design and construction process and will provide our community with opportunities to share their thoughts about elements of the new school.

Sign at new Bulldog Way site stating "Future Home of Goochland Elementary School"

Sign installed on Bulldog Way site

GVA Bonds Logo

How will the new school be funded?

In the November 2, 2021 bond referendum, Goochland County voters overwhelmingly decided that the County could fund the new GES with General Obligation Bonds.

Learn more about this fiscally responsible funding option on the GVA Bonds Website

Design Input

We hosted two community meetings to provide opportunities to learn more about the project and give some design input:

September 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Goochland MS/HS

October 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Goochland Elementary

Watch the architect interview a GES student during the 10/18/2021 community meeting.

From October 19-25, 2021 we asked the community for additional design input through an online survey and received 62 great responses which were considered during the Design Charette on 10/28/2021.

The overall project budget is $39,049,774.

Budget/Actual Details as of Nov. 8, 2021

Project Timeline

Design Timeline

Construction Timeline

Architects: Stantec

Owner Representative/Project Manager: McDonough Bolyard Peck, Inc. (MBP)

Goochland County Public Schools Project Executive Team:

  • Jeremy Raley, Superintendent

  • Debbie White, Capital Projects Manager (CFO)

  • Todd Steeley, Director of Maintenance and Facilities

Design Steering Committee:

  • GCPS Project Executive Team

  • Andy Armstrong, Asst. Superintendent Administration

  • Steve Geyer, Asst. Superintendent, Instruction

  • Jennifer Waggener, Exec. Dir., Exceptional Education

  • Tina McCay, Principal, GES

  • Sarah Brown, Preschool Teacher, GES

  • Kelley Taylor, Elementary Teacher, GES

  • Laura Kassner, Community Member

  • Sandra Barkley, Community Member

  • Lorena Maier, GHS student


Images from the GES Design Charette on October 28, 2021:

Images from the GES Design Community Meeting on October 18, 2021:

September 13, 2021 Community Pre-design Presentation (PDF, Stantec)

Images from the Steering Committee's new school tours on September 8, 2021: