Board accepts long-term facilities plan

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Public Schools School Board accepted the proposed long-term facilities master plan at a Thursday night meeting.

The system of four elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools will cost the district an estimated $188,700,726. Costs for replacement buildings in 15 years or later are not included.

The plan was recommended by consultants Tracey Richter, CEO of DeJong-Richter, and Mike Ross, of HBA Architecture, along with Matt Sachs, a GIS analyst with DeJong-Richter.

The plan for the school division is a 25-year road map for the future of the division’s schools. The plan was accepted by all board members except Irving Getz, who was not at the meeting.

Board member Katheryn Freakley thanked everyone involved in the process of creating the extensive plan for the school division.

“We’ve had a lot of discussion about this for a very, very long time,” she said.

Board member Sonya Williams-Giersch added that this document can be changed at anytime as needs change in the division.

Superintendent Mark Johnston said the plan puts the school division on par with what excellent schools division are doing that include transparency, long-term planning and fiscal responsibility.

“I applaud you,” he added.

The long-term facilities master plan at the elementary school level recommends replacing Sandy Hook Elementary School during Phase 1 in six to 10 years. W.W. Robinson Elementary School would receive capital renewal and educational adequacy renovations with potential replacement in 15 to 20 years. Ashby Lee Elementary School would close after the constructions of a new high school, a replacement to Sandy Hook, and the conversion of two middle schools into elementary schools.

The plan also recommends Signal Knob Middle School receive capital renewal and educational adequacy renovations with a 200-seat addition for increased capacity. Peter Muhlenberg Middle School and North Fork Middle School would be converted to elementary schools and receive capital renewal and educational adequacy renovations with a 150-seat addition for increased capacity in each building.

Also recommended are capital renewal and educational adequacy renovations for Strasburg and Stonewall Jackson high schools.

Strasburg would get a 100-seat addition for increased capacity with potential replacement in 25 or more years.

Stonewall would be converted to a middle school, with a potential for replacement in 25 years or so. A new high school would also be constructed with a 900-seat capacity in a centralized location between current central and southern campuses in Woodstock and Quicksburg.

Central High School would be converted or renovated for Triplett Tech and alternative education, and serve as the new construction site for a community recreation, performing arts and aquatics center.

The detailed plan can be found on the school division website at http://shenandoah.k12.va.us.

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