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Moncure Elementary will Get a New Home

By Uriah Kiser

NORTH STAFFORD, Va. — A 40-year-old school building along the busiest road in North Stafford is reaching its end.

Anne E. Moncure Elementary School sits at 75 Moncure Lane off Va. 610, and the building is aging. To replace it, Stafford County officials will spend $1.7 million for 22.3 acres of property on nearby Juggins Road in North Stafford, behind the Doc Stone and Stafford Marketplace shopping centers. There, the School Board will build a new Moncure Elementary School.

The current school building sits alongside busy Va. 610, and the site of the building is better suited for mixed-use commercial development, county documents state.

“The building is more than 40-years-old and its in need of renovation or a rebuild, so the notion is let’s build a new school on property that off of the Garrisonville Road corridor, and lets take the property that’s right in the middle of economic development purposes,” said Stafford County Administrator Anthony Romanello.

As part of the deal between the Stafford County Government and the county’s independent School Board, the county will lease the new land to the School Board for no monetary consideration. Once a new elementary school is built, the School Board intends to declare the old school “surplus” and will give the property at 75 Moncure Lane to the county, again for no monetary consideration, according to Stafford County documents.

Romanello said it’s too soon to tell how much money the county will gain from the sell of the land to a future developer. In addition to shopping centers, the current Moncure Elementary School sits near a popular commuter lot that is being expanded.

About 680 students are enrolled at Moncure Elementary School.

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