WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) — The Waynesboro School Board awarded a contract on Tuesday for upcoming renovations to the city's high school.
The contract was for more than $14.2 million and it was awarded to Virtexco. The company has offices in Richmond and Norfolk.
This contract is for Phase I of the renovation, which includes updates to the original, 1930's building and the 1950's addition. It also includes another addition, which will be classroom space for performing arts and physical education.
Inside the existing high school, there will be new walls, new floors, a new HVAC system and new technology installed. Superintendent Jeffrey Cassel said that it will be like walking into a whole new building when the renovation is complete.
"There's significant work needed in that part of the building to have those classrooms and instructional spaces feel like modern classrooms and have the technology and the appropriate aesthetics," Cassel said.
Cassel said that the renovation is planned so students can stay in the building as much as possible while construction is being done.
Some additional classroom space will be located in the News-Virginian building that Waynesboro purchased earlier this year. They will renovate the building to add seven more classrooms.
Cassel said the money for News-Virginian building renovation was already included in the budget. It was originally marked for modular units, but there was not space for those to be built at the high school.
"The News-Virginian, with classrooms built in is much preferable to modular units," Cassel said. "And really, we're very cramped for modular units anyway."
The money will also be used to help improve safety measures for students crossing Poplar Avenue between the two buildings. Cassel said a crosswalk and lights will be added to help direct traffic.
He added that the school board is excited to finally get started on the renovations. The board has been working on the plans and studies for the project for about five years.