FRONT ROYAL – The Warren County Public Schools Board will begin the search process for a new superintendent in January.

The board agreed at its Wednesday meeting  to delay the search until next year to give the new board members in the Shenandoah and South River districts a say in the search process. Superintendent Greg Drescher announced his retirement Sept. 6, effective Jan. 1.

“We have two new board members coming on in January,” said School Board Chairwoman Catherine Bower. “I think it’s not in our best interest to go ahead and start the search now.”

Bower said an interim superintendent should be appointed during the search, but no names were discussed during the meeting.

“I think it would be very wise to have an interim superintendent, wait until the elections are over, and start the search in January,” said School Board member Arnold Williams.

School Board member James Wells said he thinks the new superintendent should be appointed by March or April.

“You gotta understand that there are folks with careers and that kind of thing. People need time to make decisions if there is an option to come here,” he said.

The board tabled the issue until later this year.

Greg Livesay, director of maintenance for Warren County Public Schools, provided an update to the board about the modular classrooms that the district wants to use during the renovations at A.S. Rhodes Elementary School.

The four 24x34 modular classrooms, which would be provided by Mobile Modular Management Corp., houses up to 25 students and would be located in the gymnasium at A.S. Rhodes Elementary. The modular classrooms would be used so that construction work at the school could be done while school is in session. Livesay said that it would take four to six weeks for the modular classrooms to be set up.

“That’ll free up 75% of the building for the general contractor to be able to do his work throughout the school year,” he said.

The total cost for the modular classrooms would be $107,592. Livesay said that Mobile Modular Management requires ABS pads - which would be temporary padding for the gym floor - with the modular classrooms. He said that if Warren County wouldn’t allow the ABS pads, concrete footers would have to be poured. The cost of the poured footers would be $17,550. Livesay didn't say how much the ABS pads would cost. 

“If we go and pour the footers, we’re going to have to do some asphalt restoration,” he said. “If we have to go and poke 54 holes into that basketball court, chances are we’re going to have to resurface [the court.] I hate to do that.”

Livesay said that he would speak with the county about the concern surrounding the gym floor. He said that this decision would come down to what the county defines as a temporary building versus a permanent building.

The renovations at A.S. Rhodes Elementary are scheduled to begin in November. Livesay said that the due date for bids on the project, which was Thursday, was extended to next Thursday to give contracting firms more time to submit their bids. He said that more firms have expressed interest in the project than during the original bidding process.

“We seem to have generated more interest with this rebid,” Livesay said.

After the work session, the School Board went into a closed meeting to discuss an employee personnel issue. All five School Board members and Drescher attended the 50-minute closed meeting.

There was no comment made about the closed meeting after it ended.

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