A long-term maintenance plan for Halifax County High School after a rebuild or renovation takes place is slated to be presented to Halifax County School Board when they meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Sydnor Jennings Elementary School.
Dr. Scott Worner, interim supervisor of secondary instruction, is expected to make the presentation.
Superintendent Dr. Mark Lineburg said the plan is in response to feedback from the community.
“We want to alleviate any concerns,” he added.
The goal, he said, is to formulate a schedule for big-ticket items such as replacing flooring, painting, roofing and the HVAC system.
It has been noted by three architecture firms, B&B Consultants, Moseley Architects and OWPR Architects, that the HVAC system at the high school is at the end of its lifespan.
The superintendent has said regardless of how the future of the high school is addressed, roughly $30 million is needed to replace existing HVAC and other systems in order to remain operational, and an additional $2.63 million is needed to become ADA compliant.
YESforHalifaxSchools is using that fact while campaigning to get the referendum passed in November for the option to levy a 1% sales tax increase for construction or renovation of Halifax County schools.
Monies collected from the sales tax also can be used for ongoing maintenance.
“We’re forming a plan for the high school and making sure we address long-term maintenance,” said Lineburg.
In addition to the maintenance, the board also plans to hear from Lineburg, high school principal Michael Lewis and teachers Leslie Bohanon and Beth Layne about a redesign grant for the high school.
Earlier this year, Halifax County schools received $50,000 to be shared with Charles City County, Henrico County and Mecklenburg County as part of the Design Virginia High School Innovation Network.
“It matches our strategic plan focused on college and career readiness,” the superintendent said when it was announced by Governor Ralph Northam over the summer that the school system would be receiving the grant.
He said he was working with experts from these counties and city to make sure Halifax students are ready for college or joining the workforce.
They’re working to figure out how to get businesses more involved in their curriculum for things such as workforce development or internships.
“We’re looking at a futuristic model for the high school that isn’t focused on the old age of testing centered around Standard of Learning tests,” said Lineburg in July.
The superintendent also said they’re looking to develop more collaborative efforts and are looking into forming a student advisory block for college and career readiness or maybe self-help.
These grants were distributed to develop or implement programs that promote Virginia’s 5 C’s: critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration, communication and citizenship while preparing students for careers and postsecondary education, which coincides with the profile of a graduate.
School board members also are slated to participate in and consider the following items Thursday evening:
• A student learning spotlight with Sydnor Jennings Elementary School students;
• Athletic director Alan Lawter to recognize stadium volunteer workers;
• Virginia School Board Association Academy Awards to be presented;
• Presentation on the school quality profile;
• Presentation on the potential of hiring someone to fill a safety position;
• Larry Clark, Halifax County Public Schools Education Foundation executive director, to recognize new board members; and
• Appointment of school board representatives to serve on the calendar committee.
At the conclusion of the meeting, board members are expected to go into closed session to discuss personnel matters.