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Warren schools move toward renovations to A.S. Rhodes

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County Public Schools is moving toward renovating A.S. Rhodes Elementary School after School Board members informally agreed to have the district request bids from architectural firms for the project.

During a School Board work session on Wednesday, Melody Sheppard, assistant superintendent for the district, said that the district wants the architectural firms to look into a design for the renovations and break down all of the separate costs. That, she said, would allow the district to be able to pay for pieces of the project as money becomes available.

“We’ll also instruct the architect to break everything out, so it’s bid on as a whole total package but also bid separately; so if we can afford two things, then we can combine those two things if we’re not able to afford the entire project,” Sheppard said.

The district has prioritized renovating A.S. Rhodes Elementary School, placing it as the first priority on its capital improvement plan.

Funding for $2 million of the project is set to come from the fund the district maintains for capital improvement projects. The district had leftover money after parts of the construction of Warren County Middle School came under budget, Sheppard said.

“The money is available due to change orders being kept to less than 1.3 percent of the construction budget and several items from the middle school project came under budget,” Sheppard said.

Also, Sheppard said that some money could also come from county funds. However, the district may spend that county money on replacing a broken chiller in L.F.K. Elementary School instead.

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