Capital Improvement Program

The Building Services Department oversees the budgeting, planning and management of Capital Improvement Program (CIP) projects for the School Division. For detailed information regarding Albemarle County’s CIP policies, view the County CIP Overview. To learn more about current Capital Improvement Program, view the FY 16/17 Approved CIP Budget.

Each year the Long Range Planning Advisory Committee (LRPAC) meets to analyze data and to generate recommendations to submit to the Superintendent and the School Board concerning the CIP. Visit the Long-Range Planning Advisory Committee page to learn more about the committee and its current work.

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What is a Capital Project?

A capital project is a project that requires a minimum expenditure by the County of $20,000, that has a useful life span of ten years or more, and meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Provides for the acquisition or construction of any physical facility for the community, to include consultant or professional services related to acquisition or construction.
  • Provides for the acquisition of equipment for any physical facility when first constructed or acquired.
  • Provides for the ongoing acquisition of major capital equipment or systems; i.e., computer technology, radio systems.
  • Provides for the acquisition of land or an interest in land.
  • Provides for the acquisition of public utilities.
  • Funds expenditures, including additions to existing facilities, that increase the square footage or value of a facility.
  • Fund expenditures for major maintenance or replacement projects on existing facilities.

A capital maintenance or replacement project is a project to repair, maintain or replace existing capital facilities for the purpose of protecting the County’s investment and minimizing future maintenance and replacement costs. To be classified as a non-recurring maintenance project, a project must have an interval between expenditures of at least five years. Individual maintenance, repair and replacement projects are not presented as separate CIP projects, but are submitted by departments as one line item for each year of the five year period.

Since technology purchases typically have a useful life of three to five years, these purchases are funded in the Capital Budget on a "pay-as-you-go" basis from current revenues, or other, non-borrowed sources of funding, such as state revenues (when available) or other local non-General Fund revenues.

LRPAC 2015 Final Report