School Leaders Look to Renovate Old School Building or Build New One

By: WHSV News Staff Email
By: WHSV News Staff Email

STAUNTON -- Staunton City Schools is now accepting proposals for construction or renovation of Robert E. Lee High School.

Administrators say they're open to renovating the existing space or building a new school. They call the enrollment "stable" at 740 students, so they're not looking for more space. They just want a better use of it.

Contractors from design firms toured the school on Tuesday to survey the aging school.

R. E. Lee was initially built in the 60s, with a new wing added in the 80s. The old building posed some problems for faculty and administrators when it comes to maintaining and updating the school

“It's important at this point to kind of step back and say, 'OK, is it still meeting our needs in the current condition that it's in?' Certainly technology has advanced since the 60s, and sometimes trying to put 21st-century technology in a building that was built in the 60s creates some unique challenges,” said Staunton City Schools Superintendent Dr Linda G Revia.

Proposals are due June 7th. The board will have 60 days to review the plans before choosing one.


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