By M.K. Luther - firstname.lastname@example.org
FRONT ROYAL - The county's high school athletics programs will soon enjoy the benefit of additional storage space.
Despite initial concerns that the use of temporary storage sheds would detract from the architectural integrity of the main buildings at Warren County and Skyline high schools, the Warren County School Board has approved the purchase of two manufactured building sheds to be used for storage at the schools.
The additional buildings are to be used exclusively for athletic paraphernalia, Director of Maintenance Mike Riley said, and the buildings will be placed off the athletic fields to prevent any possible disruption to athletic activities.
Both Skyline and Warren County high schools required more space for their athletic equipment, Riley said, and the schools began to explore storage options during this past summer break.
Riley said the two schools have been in need of extra storage since their initial construction, and have been using existing space for overflow materials and gear.
For example, Warren County High School currently uses the area under the bleachers for storage, Riley said.
Faced with an extremely tight budget year, the school system was looking for an expedient and less expensive alternative to any type of new building construction, Riley said, and it was decided to pursue the purchase of temporary storage sheds.
"They desperately need the buildings and they can get these fairly cheap," Riley said.
School administrators would have preferred that any additional constructed outside buildings would be designed and built in keeping with the aesthetic nature of the main buildings.
However, Riley said, the storage sheds can be installed and used for a period of time and then can be removed easily, clearing the way for durable and permanent structures if necessary.
The Warren County School Board approved the purchase of the temporary structures with the contingency and the intent that permanent structures could be built in the future, dependent on the availability of funds.