Staunton School Renovations?

By: Donald Robinson
By: Donald Robinson

For nearly 50-years, two Staunton elementary schools have stood without improvements. Now school officials say time is running out, but there is a healthy price tag that could come alone with the much-needed improvements.

"They are fairly simple things," said Harry Lunsford Superintendent of Staunton Public Schools, "but they just have high price tags like parking lots, roofs, heating and air conditions in some of the schools."

Now that is not to say the schools are in danger of falling apart, but things do get old and need replacing.

For example, a boiler at Ware Elementary School went out a few weeks ago school officials had to put a boiler in an outside trailer to keep heating the school. Now they're looking for City Council to help fund the upgrades.

"When you have buildings that are 50-years-old you will have some problems," said Mayor John Avoli, "but you just have to take care of them."

The city doesn't have enough money set aside to start the renovations of an elementary school; they hope to continue receiving grants from the state while they put money aside.

"Unfortunately we are in a tough situation," said Avoli, "not only with the economy in the state that it is in but the lack of resources in the state coffers.

City officials say the upgrades are needed, but they won't know how much money they have to work with until the end of the General Assembly.

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