Archive | September, 2018

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Two different high schools, similar renovations

By: Peyton McNorton


In the summer of 2018, Waynesboro High School started renovations. The high school was founded in 1938 which means the high school is 80 years old.


“The high school has not been updated in years and because of that, the walls and floors are not in good condition,” Chief Executive Officer and an architect Randy Jones said. According to Jones, there are other changes that need to be made to the original plan.


“The guidance department has been in the library since school has started. We will move the library from the 2nd floor to the 1st floor where guidance used to be. The library is being moved, because there are no space requirements right now for the library,” Jones said.

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“We need to add new entrances and exits for safety reasons. As soon as someone walks into the school, they’ll need to check in at the front office before they can walk around the school building,”  Jones said.


Performance Arts classes such as Theater, Choir, and Band will be moved next to the auditorium for more space. “Students that are taking Choir, are going to have a new entrance so they don’t go through the auditorium,” Jones replied.  

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A lot has changed throughout these years, especially technology. A couple of examples that technology has changed are: changes to the internet, exits, and the old modernization needs to be address, and the elevators.

“We need new technology in the elevators so the elevators can be updated with technology and have better performance,” Jones said.


The first phase will be completed in December 2018 and the total planned renovation will be done by July 15,2020. “I do think we will be done by that time, however the contractor is having difficulties right now for completing the project on time due to weather,” Jones stated.


Waynesboro High School isn’t the only school in Virginia that is working on renovations. William Monroe High School in Stanardsville, Virginia is a another high school in Virginia that is doing renovations similar to WHS.


William Monroe High School was founded in 1925, which means that the high school is 93 years old. Greene County Public School board decided to renovate the school because the high school needs newer technology and is dangerous right now.


“Renovations to William Monroe High School have not begun yet, but the general contractor has scheduled the job trailer to be delivered this Wednesday and we have started the shop drawing submittal review process. We have had multiple conversations about what is expected from the general contractor and are pushing for the demolition to start adjacent to the old front entry of the school,” project architect, Andy Grant said.


He also said that no changes will be required to the original plan.


“We have experienced some delays in getting started as we wait and address review comments from the city of Waynesboro,” Grant commented.


Waynesboro High School and William Monroe High School both want their renovations to be completed in a restricted time frame. William Monroe being complete sooner, with Waynesboro not so far behind.


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Giant field trip to Barefoot Bucha

By: Maddie Frimmer


The nutrition and wellness class, taught by Rita Crawford, went to Barefoot Bucha on Wednesday, September 26th to learn about kombucha and about it’s nutritional benefits and how it’s made. Ethan and Kate Zuckerman, Barefoot Bucha owners and friends of Crawford’s, started the business in their garage. The Zuckermans shared how they grew their business, and their commitment to running an eco-friendly company.


“The kids learned a lot and enjoyed trying something new,” said Crawford.


If you haven’t had a chance to check out this small business on the east side of Waynesboro, is a beautiful place to stop.



1809 E Main St. Waynesboro, VA 22980

T: 540-221-6500


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Bluegrass Bucha

Elderflower Sunrise

Black Raspberry

Orange Blossom

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Learning about the process of making Kombucha


Student trying Kombucha


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The Auditorium stinks, but the show must go on!

By: Shauna Wilson and Maddie Frimmer

The leaky roof of the Waynesboro High School auditorium has caused problems like flood damage, mold growth and a musty smell that permeates the space. The drama and choral departments have been dealing with these issues in the auditorium for years now.


According to Dianne Truslow, the WHS Theatre teacher, some of the problems in the auditorium are getting dangerous. Jeffery Ryman, the WHS choir teacher, touched on this topic too. Truslow said the lights flicker, which she believes is not good especially for people with epilepsy. Additionally, she said the auditorium door has not been kept closed and locked up because it is the only indoor entrance to the choir room. People have wandered to the auditorium and have vandalized the space by  tearing up chairs, cutting the carpet on the wall, leaving trash, and making spills.


“People have gone in and done not nice things,” said Truslow.


“With all the water damage it smells musty and there are numerous damaged [ceiling] tiles,” said Ryman.


He went on to say that there is no damage inside the choir room-only the auditorium. But students have complained about the noises and the unpleasant smells.

The construction team started with the roof of the auditorium first so they could repair the leaky roof. The roof was finished on September 5th, so now that the new roof is complete, the next auditorium phase will include the renovation of the inside. Though WHS is not getting a new auditorium, they are getting a new stage. The construction team is going to start working on the new stage soon. The seats and the carpet that are in the auditorium now are going to stay as they are. All new lights and new curtains are coming.  


In addition to the auditorium damage that has impacted the drama and choir classes, there have been other problems. When Truslow and her team build a set for a play in March of 2018, it takes weeks for that construction to happen. While the set was being built, a group of professional wrestlers wanted to line up down the hallway in front of the auditorium so that Truslow could work in the auditorium. The day of the event they found out that there were too many people to line up in the hall, so the wrestler’s promoter came and talked to Ms. Truslow about making a deal for them to use the auditorium, “We went back and forth. Finally, he offered to make a donation to the drama department and I gave in,” said Truslow.
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As of right now, the renovation of the inside is scheduled to start in June of 2019 and is scheduled to finish in August of 2019. The choir room and stage is planned to start in March 2019 and should be finished by June of 2019. The entrance and lobby are to start in May 2019 and be completed by August 2019.


The flooding of the auditorium was a big issue that has now been resolved, so the construction crew is now moving on to other projects around the school.

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Old Building New Chances

By: Hannah Lam and Chiara Thacker

The Career and Technical Science department of Waynesboro High School is moving into a new building.

CTE classes like: fiance, technology, and marketing, give high school students the chance to get a head start on preparing for college and future careers. In CTE programs students learn how core school subjects like math, science and writing are used in real life.

Waynesboro High School purchased the News Virginian building. WHS plans on renovating it and building eight modular classrooms. All CTE classes at WHS will be moved into the new building.  

Modular construction is when construction is done off-site under controlled plant conditions, using the same materials and designing to the same codes and standards as conventionally built facilities. Though, it can be be done at a much quicker rate.

“I think the move will be good for us, it gives us a new space. It’s like having your own cotton candy and not having to share it with anyone else,” Wanda Hulse a CTE teacher at WHS said about the renovations. Hulse also had some concerns about the move. She’s concerned about having to move her materials and if there will be enough room in the new space for storage.

Since Hulse’s room has three parts: of a classroom, a computer lab, and a workshop; her new room will include those too.

Judy Musick, a computer applications teacher at WHS, also had some concerns about the new building.

“My biggest concern is the CTE department not being there to support other departments,” said Musick.  Musick also has many questions that have yet to be answered. “Will we be purchasing new things like tables and computers or will we be keeping the old ones? Is there going to be enough funding? How are our rooms going to be laid out? ” asked Musick.

Although Musick has concerns, she believes that the new building is going to, “strengthen and impact the relationships with other classes and teachers, bringing the whole department together.”

Safety is one of the school’s biggest priorities with this new building. Bryan Stamm, a WHS administrator, wants to have light-emitting diodes installed {in the crosswalk between WHS and the new CTE building] to insure safe passage for students. These diodes are flashing lights in the street that illuminate the crosswalk paths and warn approaching drivers.

He also has a plan to have cameras and a buzzer system that will be in the main office so Ms. Hall, WHS secretary, can see the students and open the doors.

The renovations to this new CTE building are part of phase one of the three phases happening to WHS in the reno process.

The school hopes to finish the new CTE building before the second semester starts. This building will make our school more like a campus helping us step into the future of WHS.  

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Construction phases move forward

By: Cheyenna Pirkey and Lily Ockerman


Waynesboro High School is undergoing a series of renovations. The renovation as a whole has been split into three phases; some of which will result in the demolition of certain areas of the school while other areas will be added onto. All three phases are planned to be completed by July 15, 2020.

Phase one will include updating the 1930’s* and 1950’s** wings of the school and is anticipated to be finished by the time students return from winter break. In addition to that, Waynesboro Public Schools bought the old News Virginian building across the road, which will provide a new workspace for the CTE classes. This is beneficial because while construction is occurring, a total of six classrooms are lost, which results in teachers having to share rooms during their planning periods. With some teachers moving to the new space, the number of available classrooms will increase.

Alongside a new workspace, there will also be a crosswalk added between the high school and the new CTE building to ensure that students can cross the road safely. Bryan Stamm, one of the assistant principals at Waynesboro High School, said that safety is key; it is the number one priority.  

Phase two of the construction will result in the demolition and reconstruction of the 1970’s*** wing. This phase will result in the construction of a new 3 story classroom addition, as pictured below.

The third and final phase will be the construction of a 1,500 seat gymnasium. This phase is the most awaited phase and is planned to take the longest.

“Phases will overlap, there’s no doubt about it”, said David Nobles, the construction project manager. As with any project, delays are expected to occur. In fact, Nobles says, “It’s not getting a quick start,” so the completion dates may end up changing.

Another factor that could potentially affect the date of completion is the fact that there are no red-line drawings from previous contractors. A red-line drawing shows the changes to a previous drawing. In fact, Waynesboro High School has been renovated multiple times. However, the companies that completed the renovations in the past did not include drawings to show changes to the previous drawing of the building, so this could potentially be an issue for the construction workers that are completing the current project.


*1930’s- First to second floor from little gym to front office and Ms. Hellerman’s class to the library

**1950’s- First to second floor from Mr. Johnson’s class to Ms. Coyner’s class

***1970’s- First to third floor from old counseling offices to art rooms

Construction timeline Graphic created by: June Johnson and Lily Ockerman

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Phase two includes the construction of a new three-story classroom addition. Photo credit: The News Leader

Phase two includes the construction of a new three-story classroom addition. Photo credit: The News Leader


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Library’s New Company

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                                                                                       By: Eileen Ortiz and Malaysia Woodson

In the midst of all the renovations, counseling has a part to play.

Last year, counselors were informed that they would have to move locations in order for construction to take place. Things moved slowly, but quickly picked up the pace.

On short notice, in August, the staff in counseling had a week to move their office  before the teachers got back to work.

The new space is now inside the library. According to Kelly Shaw, WHS counselor, “This is not the best place (for the counseling center) because now spaces have to be shared and it can be a problem.” The counseling rooms are right next to each other

“Confidentiality isn’t the best. The rooms are not that soundproof. We each have sound machines which we turn on when one of our students wants to talk in private,” said Shaw.

Matt Bailey, another WHS counselor, said “More students are reaching out because the counseling center is located where more of the students and classes are.”

According to him things are, “going very well.”

By April of 2019 the counseling office should be located in their new space which will be where the main office is located right now.  


As students and staff might have seen, the library has some new company now because the counseling office has been put there. Karen Galenis, WHS librarian and English 10 honors teacher, now has to share the space with the counseling office.

“It has directed more traffic towards the library, but parents and students are understanding that they have to be silent,” said Galenis.

One of the major things that is affected is SOL test would not be in library any more because there would be too much noise and students would be distracted. While it is cramped and multiple other issues are apparent, staff does have good things to say about the experience.

Mrs Galenis has described the experience as a blessing.

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Some students skip classes by propping open a door so they can return unnoticed. This is not only a bad decision on the students’ part- it's a safety issue. One concern expressed by Stamm is that people other than students might enter the building through the unlocked door. Monitoring doors eliminates this security issue, and will likely help prevent students skipping class.

Security Updates at Waynesboro High School

By June Johnson and Cheyenna Pirkey

In the midst of the WHS building renovations, the school is receiving major security updates. These updates focus mainly on enhancing and adding to the current system, but not replacing it. These additions include new cameras inside and outside of the building, doors monitored by cameras and WHS staff, and possibly alarms to notify staff of doors that are open at inappropriate times. The updates should be started and completed in phase one of the construction. The ending date of phase one has not been set.

One main concern about the updates was that students might feel like their privacy was violated. However, reactions to the new precautions have been mostly positive, according to WHS assistant principal, Mr. Bryan Stamm, who is working with Mr. David Nobles to oversee the renovation. “It’s not a matter of keeping students in check. It’s a matter of trying to make sure the students are protected,” said Stamm.

Another concern was that these new safety factors might disturb the students’ standard school routine. While the updates might change the cycle, they shouldn’t be too disruptive. “You might gripe about it a little…but you guys are really flexible,” said Stamm. The changes will primarily be located on the entrances and exits of the building, so they shouldn’t impact the staff or students very much.

Photo by June Johnson Some students skip classes by propping open a door so they can return unnoticed. This is not only a bad decision on the students’ part- it's a safety issue. One concern expressed by Stamm is that people other than students might enter the building through the unlocked door. Monitoring doors eliminates this security issue, and will likely help prevent students skipping class.

Photo by June Johnson Some students skip classes by propping open a door so they can return unnoticed. This is not only a bad decision on the students’ part- it’s a safety issue. One concern expressed by Stamm is that people other than students might enter the building through the unlocked door. Monitoring doors eliminates this security issue, and will likely help prevent students skipping class.


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