FRONT ROYAL, Va. — Today, the Warren County Public Schools Board held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new middle school.
Designed by the architecture firm of Ballou Justice Upton Architects of Richmond, and built by general contractor Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc. of Winchester, the $32.8 million new building is a two-story traditionally-styled building that offers core curriculum classrooms for 6th, 7th and 8th grade.
The 154,800-square-feet brick building consists of an administration suite, guidance offices, a health clinic, a kitchen, general classrooms, resource classrooms, science classrooms, a library/media center, a gymnasium and locker rooms and other associated spaces. The facility also includes a cost-efficient “cafetorium” that can seat about 500 at a time, using folding chairs that are located next to the school’s dining area. An auditorium may be added in a later phase.
“After many years of planning and two years building, I love the traditional design of this new school,” said Linda Glavis, chair of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, at the ribbon cutting ceremony. “I love the fact that there are windows in most of the classrooms.”
“We sincerely appreciate the great relationship that we have with the Shockey Companies and share in the pride of the facilities that will serve our community for many decades to come,” added County Administrator Doug Stanley.
Monday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony also had a brief appearance by U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke. In his remarks, Goodlatte congratulated all the people involved in building the beautiful new school.
The new middle school campus is located on a 31.91 acre-site at the intersection of Happy Creek Road and the planned Leach Run Parkway.