Augusta County Schools Update

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV)-- "It's painfully obvious that they're behind the times. It doesn't match what the community is striving for, and what the teachers are striving for with these kids," said Heather Kimble, a parent.

Kimble and her son spent the last five years at Riverheads Elementary School. Both of them say that the building needs some work.

"It would be nice to have plumbing that works, it would be nice to have computers for every student, so they can take their sol's in a timely manner," said Kimble.

Julie Hollingsworth has a daughter that goes to school there and thinks there's a safety issue.

"The kids walk from class to class, and they're outside and open to the public," said Hollingsworth.

Soon, their wishes will come true. On Aug. 7, the Augusta County School Board released their 10 year facilities plan.

Highlights of the plan include new buildings for Riverhead's Elementary, Hugh Cassell Elementary, and Buffalo Gap High schools.

It's a part of the county's "digital conversion", an effort to make all schools technology friendly.

Dana Sensabaugh is on the school board and says the county also plans to put Beverley Manor Elementary and Verona Elementary temporarily out of service after the 2016-2017 school year.

"If there's growth in the county, we can go in and renovate those schools and still have space for the students, with that we'll be able to act instead of react," said Sensabaugh.

The entire cost for the school is $18.6 million, with costs for the other schools still being estimated.

Over the ten year period the entire plan is expected to save taxpayers $13 million. Some parents say that's money well spent.

"The kids are our future, they are what's going to be leading our country and our community, and if we don't invest now, we'll pay for it later," said Sensabaugh.


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