August 17, 2006
As kids head back to the classroom in Albemarle county they can expect to see some changes at their schools.
Monticello High School gets the biggest project, which is the construction of their first auditorium. Right now band, choir, and drama practice in rooms and don't have a large home space to perform.
"Now we're gonna have a giant space to perform instead of a cramped little space and there's going to be rooms off to the sides and we're going to have warm-up rooms and changing [rooms], and places to put our instruments and set everything down. So it's going to be huge, and really helpful to us," said Monticello junior, Leah Garofalo.
This $8 million addition will add a 850 person auditorium, which will host performances, classes, and lectures. More importantly it will improve the quality of their education.
"We're not going to be surprised when we go to band festival or choir festival that we sound different there than what we did practicing in the band room at school," said Billy Haun, principal at Monticello.
Other schools throughout the county got their own improvements. If you're heading to Jack Jouett Middle School and Greer Elementary School--don't expect them to look the same. There are now separate entrances for bus and student-drop off, which should cut down on traffic.
"By separating automobile and bus traffic, the whole site will be safer," said Al Reaser, Dir. of Building Services.
The County also makes many smaller improvements like the gym floor at Greer and the track and field at Albemarle High School.
The total bill for this year's improvements is over $18.5 million. The other largest improvement is the renovation at Cale Elementary School.