Warren schools are prepared for a new year

Warren County Public Schools will be starting a busy year when students head to their first classes today.

Superintendent Greg Drescher said that the district has budgeted for 5,330 enrolled students during the 2016-2017 year.

“We got preliminary data and we anticipate … that all our schools will be accredited,” he said. “Overall, we’re very pleased with how schools are doing and we want to continue the good work.”

This year’s largest building projects, he said, are the continuation and eventual completion of work on the new middle school and renovations at Ressie Jeffries Elementary School, including a new roof and front entryway. Timelines for work on the elementary school await Board of Supervisors approval and awarding a contract for the work.

Energy savings projects through Ameresco have already retrofitted more efficient toilets and sinks, installed LED lighting and HVAC control systems in several different schools. Drescher said the next project in line for the next few months is installing wells at Hilda J. Barbour Elementary School and both high schools, a process that he said won’t affect instruction.

Three weather days have been built into this year’s school calendar, with four weather make-up days set at the end of the school year in June and three preceding April holidays. Professional days in February and March will also serve as weather days.

Students will be off for holidays on 16 days, with winter break lasting from Dec. 23 through Jan. 2 and two professional days on Jan. 3 and 4. A complete districtwide calendar can be viewed from the division’s website at http://tiny.cc/onqwdy.

Drescher said bus routes and schedules are continuously being adjusted, but the most accurate and up-to-date information can be found by using an online tool at http://tiny.cc/b9pwdy.

With more than 50 new teachers spread among the schools and several new or transferred principals at the helm, Drescher said he’s visited nearly every school to see how preparations have been coming along.

“To a person, we’ve got a very excited staff ready for kids on Monday,” he said.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com


Correction: This story has been updated. The district has budgeted for 5,330 enrolled students during the 2016-2017 year.