Waynesboro Schools to be Assessed for Renovation Needs
Waynesboro High School
Waynesboro schools are moving closer to getting a facelift, now that City Council approved a $50,000 facility study to assess the condition of the buildings.
The school board and City Council have gone head-to-head on the topic of renovating the facilities. But Monday night at council's meeting, an agreement was finally reached.
When school board members came up with a $22 million capital improvement plan, council said it didn't have the funds for such an expensive project. The majority of the proposed renovations would take place at Waynesboro High School, but Wenonah and Berkeley Glenn elementary schools would also get upgrades.
Now both parties agree to let the professionals do an audit, and go from there.
"We realized that there were some needs in the community in some schools going through some of them with the naked eye," said Councilor Jeff Ward. "We're not experts on that kind of thing, but we could see that there was a difference and that we need some upgrades."
Last year when the board gave councilors tours of the schools and then a model one in Rockingham County, it helped everyone to brainstorm and compare.
Once the study is completed, Waynesboro school leaders and council will work on prioritizing the renovations based on where the greatest need lies.
The board hopes to get the bidding process underway soon and start the study within the next few months.
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