The Botetourt Board of Supervisors has scheduled a public hearing to take comments on a proposed $22.5 million bond issue to build a new elementary school in the Blue Ridge area.

The School Board has also scheduled a special meeting at the same time— Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at Lord Botetourt High School.

The Botetourt Economic Development Authority (EDA) has already agreed to a purchase option on almost 27 acres that belong to H. Forest and Pejie Murray at 142 Murray Drive, Troutville, the site of the proposed new school. Should the sale be finalized, the EDA will serve as the conduit to purchase the property for $1.1 million for the School Board.

The School Board has already issued a request for proposals (RFP) for an architectural and engineering study on the Murray property, and has applied to be included in the next Virginia Public School Authority (VPSA) bond issue for…

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