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As soon as the teachers checked out, the construction crews checked into the administration building at Staunton River High School.
As part of the project that included construction of a new gymnasium and classrooms at the school, completed earlier this year, crews from JSK Partnership are now working on a $750,000 remodeling of the office space at SRHS. The entire building was gutted and is being redesigned.
An A-frame roof is being added to the building along with a new heating and air conditioning system. Once completed, the inside will be completely changed. The project includes a complete re-wiring of the electrical system as well as new lighting.
The three guidance offices will be grouped together and there will be a much larger area for the nurse.
Construction began June 12 and is expected to be completed by Aug. 8.
According to Charlie Peterson, clerk of the works for the Bedford County School System, it only took a day to gut the building and two to haul all of that away. The building will include a new office for Principal Robert Stump and an adjoining conference room. There will be an IT room, and two classrooms as well as office space located at the back of the building.
“The space is better utilized,” Peterson stated of the renovation project. “I think it makes the whole building more efficient.”
Individual offices and rooms will be able to control their own heating and air.
Stump said the school’s campus has changed a lot since it was first constructed in the mid-1960s and the office space needed to be upgraded. “It’s great,” he said, adding that the work this past year has been a boost to the school. He said the community is responding positively to the changes.
For the summer, make-shift office space has been set up and Stump checks in with Peterson, who is overseeing the project, and construction crews several times a day. A meeting is held once a week to update the work. Sheet rock was set to be installed this week.
“They’re doing a great job,” Stump said of the contractors. “It’s going to be a world of difference.”