Richmond Public Schools have announced plans to renovate Overby-Sheppard Elementary School following a unanimous vote by the Richmond City School Board. Overby-Sheppard teachers, students, and staff will be temporarily placed at the currently vacant Clark Springs Elementary School building, located just 3 miles away. The move began on June 22, 2017, and renovations at the Overby-Sheppard building followed immediately.
Additional moving and classroom preparation will take place in August 2017 with the facilities department and volunteers on hand to assist in preparation for the new school year. Renovations will include the addition of full-scale walls and doors, new ceilings, new indoor and outdoor lighting, new flooring, and a new HVAC system complete with individualized room temperature control. Construction is slated to be completed by December 2017 and the move back to the Overby-Sheppard building is expected to take place during winter break. The facilities department and volunteers will also be present to ensure a smooth opening when school reopens in January 2018.
Overby-Sheppard school bus riders will continue with their normal bus routes while attending Clark Springs Elementary School. Those students who are walkers or are dropped off by parents will have the option to continue walking or can be dropped off at Overby-Sheppard Elementary School, which is being added as a temporary bus stop location during renovations. While the building will not be open during construction, students will be allowed to wait outside of the school for bus pick-ups. Bus routes will be advertised during the summer on the Overby-Sheppard school website and at various locations throughout the city.
Transportation to Clark Springs Elementary School will also be coordinated through the facilities department and the office of student and family services for parents who may have a need in order to attend events and meetings at the school’s temporary location.