School Amidst Development

By: Waynesboro
By: Waynesboro

Development in Waynesboro is booming, especially now that the Outlet Village is slated to be leveled and redeveloped. While that is good news for the city, it's left an Augusta County school literally stuck in the middle.

Ladd Elementary is a county school but it sits in the city limits of Waynesboro. The school used to sit in the middle of a rural spot on county land. But because of rezoning, now it's smack in the middle of a Waynesboro hot spot.

Home Depot towers over its jungle gym. Wal-Mart peers onto its entrance. And on all sides development is quickly squeezing Ladd Elementary.

"As this area has developed, it's gone from being to becoming an ideal place for an elementary school to one where we're concerned about it," said School Board Member Jeff Moore.

Especially when the elementary school has a pod design, which means the more than 300 county elementary students travel outside to go from P.E. to lunch and so on. All right off the interstate, next to a busy street, near lots of strangers and down the road from future developments.

"With the Outlet Village development, it just adds that much more incentive to come up with a solution for here," Moore explained.

That ultimate solution is probably relocating the school.

"This is not something that will happen in the short term most likely," Moore added. "It is something we've been watching and something we are trying to plan for."

Moore said the School Board is waiting for the Board of Supervisor's comprehensive plan before making any decisions.

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