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Staunton Council Talks School, Pound Renovations

Posted: Updated: Jan 10, 2013 06:36 PM EST

The city of Staunton has plans for a $75 million update to renovate Robert E. Lee High School. The long-term project is part of Staunton's Capital Improvements Plan, which heads to City Council Thursday.

Like most cities and counties, Staunton reviews and updates a capital improvements plan each year. Many of the projects on the list are maintenance and renewal, like a new roof for the Staunton Fire Station, and replacing sidewalks city-wide. There are also some big-ticket items. 

The new proposed plan includes just over a $1.5 million to begin a detailed look at the classroom, technology and space needs at Robert E. Lee High School.  An eventual renovation could cost roughly $75 million.    

Another more immediate need is expansion of the regional animal pound, which Staunton shares with Augusta County and Waynesboro. That project could begin sometime in the next year. Projects like these are funded sometimes by money gradually set aside, and sometimes by loans.   

Staunton City Council will get its first look at the capital investment plan Thursday at 7:30 p.m., but approval is still about six weeks away.

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