Waynesboro Public Schools to purchase property next to high school

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) — Waynesboro High School is expanding. Tuesday night, the school board voted to purchase property right next door to the high school, which is set for major renovations.

The purchased property is a half-acre lot that includes a vacant house.

Superintendent Jeffrey Cassell says they'll use the property for storage while the high school is being renovated.

Cassell said the school does not often have the chance to expand, so they wanted to take advantage of this opportunity

"We have a small campus, and so we never know what the future holds, but almost certainly it's going to involve growth."

Cassell says he expects to finish the purchase within the next two months. A final use for the property has not been officially decided yet.

Phase 1 of the school renovation will include updates to the original building from the 1930s and the addition from the 1950s. It will also include a new addition to provide 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.

The $14.2 million renovation will be handled by Virtexco. You can learn more about those plans here.