Homeowners near Glenvar High School in Roanoke County aren't happy with part of a new plan to renovate the campus.
They say a proposed access road around the back of the school won't lead to anything good.
Roanoke County School Leaders say the access road will be close to the nearby residential area but won't affect anyone living there.
They say the road is strictly a safety precaution.
The Glenvar High School campus is situated along a wooded, residential area with clear views of the mountains and school leaders say it's only going to get better.
"Right now it's still in the design phase with our architect, so the conceptual drawings are still being finalized but right now it's renovation to add to the school, to enhance it and also to make it a safer campus,” Dr. Marty Misicko, of Roanoke County Public Schools, said.
That's what the Glenvar High School campus can look forward to, along with larger classrooms and an all round better school environment.
"We're going to over in each classroom and we're going to improve the environment for our students more than anything else. We're looking at probably a new cafeteria, a new media center and a lot of new areas for science," Dr. Misicko said.
That's not all. An access road is also planned. Its exact location hasn't been decided yet, but it's too close for comfort for residents like Brian Hooker.
"Our fear is that they will use school traffic, student traffic to go in and out of this road and bus traffic,” Hooker said.
The county maintains the road will not be for public use, traffic or overflow, saying the access road will enhance safety for the campus that houses a high, middle, and elementary school.
"The road that's being constructed is only going to be used for emergency purposes," Dr. Misicko said.
But, Hooker, his wife and their neighbors say the school can look at other options.
"I think you should consider the community anytime you're doing a project we're you're going to run cars in and out of their neighborhood and property values are going to suffer because of it," Hooker said.
The Hookers and their neighbors plan to make their concerns heard at the school board meeting on November 14.
Funding for the school's improvements will come from the school's capital improvement plan.
The full cost has not yet been determined.