Safety and Security Improvements Coming to Waynesboro High School
Recent school shootings across the country have officials in Waynesboro taking a closer look at additional security updates for the city's only high school.
WAYNESBORO, Va. (WVIR) - Recent school shootings across the country have officials in Waynesboro taking a closer look at additional security updates for the city's only high school.
20th District Delegate Richard “Dickie” Bell and 25th District Delegate Steve Landes walked the halls of Waynesboro High School Wednesday, June 20 to learn more about the improvements and what more needs to be done.
"Old schools like the Waynesboro building here presents a real challenge," Del. Bell said. "But we have just gotten a little bit behind and in doing up-to-date measures for safety because it's not something we had to worry about for years and year and years.”
The high school is getting a full remodel over the course of the next few years.
"All of our other schools have been renovated. It's the last to have a comprehensive renovation," said Superintendent Jeffrey Cassell.
Over the next 2 years the school will undergo phase one of its renovation, which will see improvements to security and safety. Officials want to install more security cameras, as well as door buzzers in order to enter the building. They are also looking to reduce the number of entrances, and create better lines of site in classrooms and hallways.
"The security and safety of our students is our paramount concern. We want students to come to school and feel safe and be able to be in an environment where they can concentrate on instruction and learning and not worry about their safety or events that are happening in the city or the world around them," Cassell said.
"The events that have taken place over the last year… Over the last couple of years, has heightened the need and the priority need for it. There was a time that we didn't worry about those sorts of things at all," said Bell.
Plans also include redoing the gym and auditorium.
Waynesboro was approved for a $21 million loan for phase one of the project. Construction is set to begin in the fall.