WAYNESBORO, Va. -- Members of the Waynesboro City Council saw firsthand the differences that renovations can make after touring two elementary schools on Monday.
School board members and city council members toured the schools for nearly two hours with Superintendent Dr. Robin Crowder, who pointed out new additions, as well as a number of things that need work and funding.
During the tour, Dr. Crowder talked about everything from the need for bathroom renovations to gym renovations and updated computers at Berkeley Glenn Elementary School.
The tour started at 8:30 a.m. at Westwood Hills Elementary School, which has been renovated in the last 13 years.
There are plenty of windows, in comparison to the majority of classrooms at Berkeley Glenn Elementary School that do not have windows.
Dr. Crowder talked about a library at Westwood Hills Elementary School that universities use as well as work on a state of the art gym.
In comparison, Dr. Crowder said Berkeley Glenn Elementary School hasn't been renovated since it was built in the 1968.
"And what we're facing now that we didn't face in 1968 is so many programs that have been mandated by the federal government as well as the state. At that time you didn't have resource teachers, things like that, now it's mandated we do, so it becomes a space issue with office space and classroom space," Dr. Crowder said.
The gym hasn't been updated and storage areas have been turned into offices or multi-space uses such as classrooms.
Dr. Crowder said it's not an equal education opportunity for students when you compare the schools.
Another issue is safety and anyone can go through the two doors at Berkeley Glenn Elementary School.
During the 2013 school year, a locksmith company will come and put in a new system before school is out.
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