FRONT ROYAL – A $2.5 million overhaul to AS Rhodes Elementary School is progressing on schedule, Warren County Schools Maintenance Director Greg Livesay told the School Board on Wednesday. 

He said the renovations, which commenced ahead of schedule on April 1 due to school closures, have been a “fast-moving project.” He explained the project’s scope is “very extensive” as it is a “total interior renovation” that includes a new roof, windows, electrical systems, HVAC and plumbing.

“I mean everything is brand new,” he said.

He said “substantial completion” is expected by Aug. 11. This will include 75% of work, including renovations to the new main office, 10 classrooms, restrooms, cafeteria and the kitchen. He added that the renovations include an HVAC system with six new rooftop units that will replace window unit air conditioners.

Additionally, Livesay the main office has been moved to the building’s front end “where it should be,” with a “secured entrance vestibule.”

“Walking in the other day, with new electrical service and power to the building and all of those lights lit up, the building’s just got a totally different feel to it. We know how old things were in that school,” he said.

Still having to apply new floors and conduct a final clean of the building, Livesay said “we’re going to have our backs to the wall a little bit, I’m not gonna mince words, to get the building ready” by Aug. 11.

The remaining work, he said, is expected to be complete by early November.

Also on Wednesday, the School Board:

  • Approved the $26,689 sale of a modular home built by Blue Ridge Tech Center students to the Warren County Habitat for Humanity.
  • Approved a $35,640 36-month copier lease for Ressie Jeffries Elementary School.
  • Approved the $99,700 purchase of computer software.
  • Approved the $184,830 purchase of Chrome tablets, contingent upon the Board of Supervisors approving the release of Title I and Title IV funds.

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