School Leaders: Waynesboro High School Needs Renovations
School leaders say it's time major renovations take place at Waynesboro High School. The school board has proposed a capital improvement plan that would focus on fixing some serious structural issues.
Principal Tim Teachy and school board member Jeremy Taylor point out many of the building's problems they say get in the way of education.
"You can make do, make do, make do, but we've been making do for a long time," Teachy said.
Waynesboro High School has been around since the 1930s. Teachy, who was a student and then teacher there himself, believes the conditions in the classroom are simply unacceptable.
"What we subject our kids to is: ‘let me just tell you about it and I'll show you pictures of it rather than having the chance to experience,'" Teachy said.
Teachy's main complaint is the science classrooms. Students and teachers shuffle around constantly because there's not enough space or resources for many basic experiments. "It really is confining," he said.
Not to mention there's asbestos in the some of the tiles, electrical problems, and shifting mortar and cinderblock in the walls. This all led the school board to propose a $10 million renovation project.
"Our classrooms, especially our science classrooms, fall far below par with respect to the curriculum requirements being imposed on us by the state, and also in comparison with our surrounding school divisions," Taylor said .
The capital improvement plan also includes major work to Berkeley Glenn and Wenonah. While Taylor admits this is an expensive plan, he says the community deserves it.
"Citizens of this community have the right to have their children educated on par with kids in surrounding jurisdictions," Taylor said.
The school board is now expected to ask City Council to consider doing an audit on the entire school system. That third-party assessment would cost $35,000.
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