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WASHS renovation to wrap up in fall

March 07, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. -- Construction on the media center at Waynesboro Area Senior High School is almost complete.

The school's former cafeteria is being converted into a media center as part of an ongoing $46 million renovation and expansion project. A groundbreaking ceremony formally launched the project in January 2007, and it is scheduled to wrap up this fall.

Senior Chad Reichard has had five classes this year in new classrooms. He especially enjoys the air conditioning, which provides a welcome change from the exceptionally warm modular classrooms.

Junior Amelia Rock also shared appreciation for the air conditioning.

Students have been using the new cafeteria since they returned from winter break.

"The cafeteria is big," Rock said.

"It's huge," Reichard added.

The pair said school dances will be held in the cafeteria in an effort to better protect the new, three-court gymnasium's floor.

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Reichard said students are developing pride in having a school with the "latest and greatest" amenities, such as overhead projectors.

"Everything looks kind of uniform," Rock said.

The renovation and expansion project hasn't been without headaches.

Reichard remembers learning in classrooms that flanked the main construction zone.

"We'd be taking tests along there, and you'd hear a truck backing up and a jackhammer," he said.

Also, the portable toilets were emptied every Wednesday before lunch, sending the smell upward and through the open windows.

The temporary walls in the hallway create a tight squeeze, Rock said.

"For future generations, what we had to go through will be worth it," Reichard said.

Reichard and Rock serve as student representatives on the Waynesboro Area School Board.

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