County Schools Eye $41M Facelift

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Posted: June 2, 2014

John Wayland Elementary School converted the old shop classroom into an arts and engineering area when the building was converted from a middle school. But man other renovations and upgrades are needed at the school, along with several others in Rockingham County. (Photos by Nikki Fox / DN-R)
It’s not hard to tell that storage space at John Wayland Elementary School served as the shower area of a locker room when the building was a middle school in the 1980s.
Principal David Burchfield surveys the school’s reading support instruction area — which was once part of the locker room. Makeshift, and often creative, uses for old spaces only go so far, though, school officials say. Rockingham County officials are discussing the need for millions of dollars in renovations to Wayland and other division schools.

Editor’s Note: The following is one of a series of stories looking at some of the big-ticket projects Rockingham County must face and the challenges in implementing — and paying for — them.

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