Local Elementary School Could Possibly Be Closed

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- Waynesboro School Board members are looking into plans to possibly closing Wenonah Elementary School.

Lots of renovations are needed and closing the school could the save the city about $8 million dollars.

Millions of dollars of renovations are needed at Wenonah Elementary, Berkeley Glenn Elementary and Waynesboro High School for technology improvements and for the buildings themselves, according to a report from OWPR, an architectural firm based out of Blacksburg.

Wenonah Elementary has not seen any major renovations since the 70s and according to school board member Jeremy Taylor, the building is decaying.

If Wenonah was closed, students would then be sent to Berkeley Glenn, which would be expanded; however, some parents are concerned about this plan.

"I think a lot of parents would be disappointed. Again, it's such a great school and I don't see where, maybe if it needed a few renovations, you know, maybe they could raise money somewhere with the taxes. It would be a very sad thing to see the school close," said Anita Wager, a Waynesboro parent.

The school board members said the biggest discussion right now is going to be the cost of all those renovations.

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