Waynesboro High School officials say the reason for the extra cost of renovation was due to some expected and unexpected needs that had to be met.
"This school is an old ship and the old ship needed a lot of repairs," said Bud Hullett a History Teacher at Waynesboro High School.
Hullett has been teaching at WHS for 22 years and he says the new renovations have given the high school new life.
"I think for one, with a bright shinning clean school it would make you want to come in with a positive attitude," said Hullett.
School superintendent Dr. Lowell Lemons says there were several things that sent the project over budget.
"Some of the alternate packages were complete replacement of all the windows," said Lemons, "renovation of the art area, four additional classrooms and expanding the sprinkling system."
He says even though the extra $600,000 was not budgeted, there is a plan in place to pay for the extras.
"The school board expected all along to use unspent money from the operating budget," said Lemons. "That is were the plan is now to pay those overages."
Hullett says the money isn't the most important thing, it's how the students respond to their new surroundings.
"All the students I talked to love the changes," said Hullett. "I do think down the road time will tell, the school and the community it self made a very wise decision."