WAYNESBORO -- The Waynesboro School Board came to the city council meeting Monday night to ask for money to make renovations to three schools in the area. The school board expects the renovations to cost around $20 million.
These renovations will make the schools safe and will also improve the academic environment. Some of the improvements include upgrades to the gyms and media centers in these schools.
Waynesboro High School, Berkeley Glen Elementary and Wenonah Elementary are the schools the board is looking to upgrade.
The Vice Chair of the Waynesboro School Board Melinda Ferguson has a daughter who goes to Berkeley Glen Elementary. She said the school has had few renovations since it opened in 1968.
After the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, Ferguson said work needs to be done to make the schools more secure than when they opened.
“It was a very different world then,” Ferguson said, “People didn't think in 1968 when they built Berkeley Glenn that anyone would come into a school building and harm innocent children. It's a different place now and we have to have our buildings reflect that and we have to keep our kids safe."
Ferguson said keeping children safe is just one priority for members of the school board. School board members want to help kids get a better academic experience.
"The windows are single glaze, so when it's 10 degrees, it gets cold in the classroom,” Ferguson said, “My daughter has told me that it's hard to do your best handwriting when you're cold. So she takes her 'fleecie,' her 'warmie,' with her so she can do her best work for her teacher."
Waynesboro School Board members, like Ferguson, said they know the proposal is a lot to ask for, but they believe improving these schools will help the entire area.
"That's what brings people into the community,” Ferguson said. “That's what brings businesses into the community and that's what builds the infrastructure that we need to make Waynesboro a better place."
City Council members said they plan to tour these schools to see what can be done on such a tight budget.
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