Pittsylvania Co. Schools Hopes to Acquire New Property Despite Delay

Pittsylvania Co., VA - The Pittsylvania County School Board has been working non-stop to prepare for their county-wide STEM Academy.

Superintendent James McDaniel says it will be the first of its kind in the region. There's just one problem.
"We have no place to put the STEM Academy right now, " McDaniel said.
The School Board planned to purchase 8 acres of property and facilities owned by the Pittsylvania County Education Foundation, but Tuesday night, Supervisors were not ready to front the $400,000 bill, that the school system would repay.
"The action that they took was to take no action, " said McDaniel.
As they prepare for the new year, McDaniel says time is of the essence.
"I can't wait 30 days to determine what they're going to do. I need to move forward and try to secure funding from other entities, " he said.
Meanwhile, another school is also trying to figure out what all this means for them.
"If we were able to obtain that school, we could essentially double, maybe even triple our student base, " said Bob Harris is with the Heritage Academy, a new Christian School in the county with 31 students.
Harris claims they made a verbal offer and signed a letter of intent to purchase the property for a much needed expansion.
"By the grace of God, we had some private financiers that came in and offered to back us, and they put in a proposal on our behalf, " Harris said, but the school system ultimately got the deal.
Now as both groups decide how they will move forward, they have one thing in common: both say they will not stop in their efforts to secure a new space.
"We're not going to give up yet. We're going to keep working hard, " said McDaniel.
ABC 13 tried repeatedly to reach out to the Education Foundation to get more information about the sale, but our calls were not returned.

Supervisors also declined to comment on their decision in Tuesday night's meeting.