WAYNESBORO, Va. (WVIR) - Phase one of the Waynesboro High School renovation is about halfway done. The $20 million first stage of the project is a renovation of the existing school.

So far there's a new secure entryway and front office, an upgraded auditorium with an addition being built off the back, renovated locker rooms, air conditioning in the gym, and a first-floor media center.

Crews are just starting work on the second-floor instructional space.

"So far the change has been great. It gives it a great view from Main Street. The school is much bigger focal point now.  That and my big thing that I love the most is the traditional entry to the school, the original entry to the school and also the security that we're able to afford,” said Waynesboro High School Principal Bryan Stamm.

Phase one is expected to be completed next July. The next two phases include the addition of a new instructional wing, tearing down the 70s wing and building a gymnasium.