Board hears updates on boundary change, facilities plan

Jeremy Raley

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County School Board received updates on the boundary adjustment transition process and the schedule for the long-term facilities master plan during a meeting on Thursday.

The School Board heard an update from Superintendent Jeremy Raley on how the transition process will take place following the boundary change next school year.

“On March 10 you approved your boundaries for next year and that next morning, March 11, we began the process as staff of planning for that transition,” he said.

Part of the transition process has included visits to the other campuses to get a feel for the layout and opportunities available at all the schools in the county.

Students have been and will continue to visit the campus they will be attending, through various events throughout the rest of this school year and into the summer months.

Letters have been sent home to parents and students have the option to participate in events such as dances, tours, pool parties and open houses.

“Our goal is to successfully transition our students to their new school, knowing also that this transition is individual for some students,” Raley added.

The board also heard about the progress of the facilities master plan for the school system.

Raley said the first steering committee meeting was held March 30 and had 21 community members, seven from each campus, and four administrative staff.

A facility condition index was completed by architects after they toured the buildings in January and will be used to determine when parts and structures need to be replaced.

He added that the first meeting consisted of philosophical conversations “about instructional programming. We did not get into detail at all about facilities because facilities only house instructional programming. So we didn’t want to start with that, because that’s just bricks and mortar. We want to start with what we want to accomplish instructionally from that standpoint into the next 20 years.”

The schedule of meetings is available on the school website at http://shenandoah.k12.va.us. The next meeting will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25 with staff and the steering committee chairs to begin creating options. This meeting will not be open to the public. The next public meeting is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 2.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com