While many students hope to enjoy time off this summer, things will be busy at their school over the next two months.
That’s because the renovations at Waynesboro High School on Main Street are in full swing with construction workers busy improving the school’s parking area, auditorium and more.
Passerbys can’t help but notice the caution tape and cones in front as the old entrance is renovated to become the front entrance again.
“What you see is site work taking place that changes the entrance to come off Poplar Avenue and not the corner of Main Street,” Waynesboro Superintendent Jeff Cassell said. “That should improve traffic flow. There will be a new exit out on Main Street.”
The front drive has been ripped up as workers reconfigure it for the new entrance and add visitor parking spots.
Construction work is also taking place beside the auditorium off Popular Avenue.
“There will be an addition of three classrooms which will be used primarily for drama and choir,” Cassell said.
In the next few days, construction crews are expected to pour footers near the football field where the small gym once stood. Part of this area has already been demolished to make room for a wellness and fitness room.
The renovation of the old News Virginian building, which will be a career and technical building with lab spaces and rooms, is nearing completion as crews put on the finishing touches.
What passerbys might not notice is crews are busy inside Waynesboro High School as well.
“Inside, the renovations on the first floor are completely underway,” Cassell said. “All of the first floor we anticipate to be complete by school opening. The office and guidance spaces should be complete within a couple of weeks. Gymnasium and locker room renovations are underway, as is the auditorium.”
The upgrades and changes being made is exciting to watch, Cassell said.
“All of the different contractors are doing different things,” he said. “There’s just a lot going on this summer, which is pretty exciting — and busy.”