Valley School Construction

Construction on two Valley high schools is still going on and about to begin at another, but time is running out.

School will begin next week at Strasburg, Central and Stonewall Jackson High Schools, but the work will continue.

Central High School principal Mike McCormick says students don't have to worry.

The school will be ready for their arrival. He says come Sept. 3 the building will be clean, orderly and safe. They will be ready for students and parents on that day.

McCormick says his teachers are prepared to deal with the distractions to keep students focused.

But, one student is a little apprehensive about all the construction. He says "It's a strange welcome and I can see it as a big distraction, too. A lot of students in high school don't need any more distractions than they already have."

McCormick says the changes are necessary. The three county schools were built in 1959 and they need to be updated.

After two years and $10 million, the schools will each have nine new classrooms, a new library, gym, windows, main office and more.

The construction might be an inconvenience for some, but McCormick says it's worth it in the long run.

He believes it's an exciting time for all three schools in Shenandoah County.

School superintendent Danny Northern said the renovations are in preparation for future growth.


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