School project moving faster than expected

The project to renovate the old Woodstock High School building has moved along faster than anticipated, according to town manager Reid Wodicka.

At Tuesday’s town council meeting, Wodicka noted that public works crews have cleared out the first and second floors of the former school, and began work on the basement on Tuesday.

“We expect that to be finished by the end of the week,” Wodicka said.

Wodicka explained, “There were a lot of partition walls that were certainly not original, those have all been removed.”

The town signed the deed to the building from Shenandoah County in January and has moved forward with its plans to turn the former school into a municipal building.

“I’m really impressed with how fast this has moved,” Wodicka said, adding that the building “looks a lot better than what I thought.”

Wodicka also mentioned that the town is working on “developing a couple of alternatives” for the project moving forward.

Essentially, the town is examining different avenues of funding for the project, such as the use of private money in order to “do this more easily.”

These funding models, Wodicka said, are not currently in the town’s capital improvement plan. “We are just putting all of this together right now,” Wodicka said.

Also at the meeting:

• The council paid its respects to former councilman Edward Munden, 89, who passed away Monday. Munden served on the council from 2008 and 2012.

Councilman Frank Haun said, “During the prayer, I could not help but remember his smile and the way that he greeted everyone. He was very warm and very genuine.”

Councilwoman Jacqueline Lambert noted that Munden was actively involved on many levels of government. “He loved it … and he will be missed.

• Beth Funkhouser, of the Woodstock Enhancement Committee, noted that the schedule for 2015 events in Woodstock will be published “as a rack card at some point in the near future.”

Funkhouser mentioned that the Woodstock Promotions Committee expects to have “four Woodstock Rocks concerts” each second Friday between June and September.

“We are trying to do it a little bit differently, in order to get more people there,” Funkhouser said.

In addition, Funkhouser said that they expect to have “fresh entertainment and food vendors” this year, alongside established events such as Light Up Woodstock.

Contact staff writer Kevin Green at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kgreen@nvdaily.com