Roanoke County Schools narrow options for Cave Spring High School renovation

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) We're learning more about the construction project at Cave Spring High School. The school division made a decision about what to do with students while those renovations go on, and that will impact hundreds, if not thousands of families in Roanoke County beginning next school year.

Starting next academic year, Jean and Robin, no students will be at Cave Spring High School. Instead, they'll be headed to other schools.

Dr. Greg Killough, Roanoke County Public Schools Superintendent said, “It's been a lot of work.”

That work allowed the division to narrow down five choices to two.
It came during its construction committee meeting. Both plans take Cave Spring 10th through 12th graders and combine them at Hidden Valley High School. The plans also keep rising 9th graders at Cave Spring Middle School for another year.

However, the division is figuring out whether Hidden Valley 9th graders would stay at their middle school or go to the high school.

Mike Wray, Roanoke County School Board Member, said, “This is a huge decision and it's not something that we take it lightly.”

School board member Mike Wray says combining schools will cut construction time, costs and be safer.

“The best thing is to try and get them away from the construction itself,” said Wray.

Killough said, “I think we can turn it into something very positive but we're not going to let those knights or the titans lose their identity.”

The plan also minimizes the number of 'mobile classrooms' -- or trailers -- needed to house students.

“And it also maximizes the ability for us to use two great staffs to maximize the learning,” said Killough.

Under the current plans, students would be out of Cave Spring High School for the 2018/2019 academic year. The final project, Wray says, is worth it.

“It's going to be a beautiful school once we finish,” said Wray.

The school is planning a meeting to talk with people about the options. That's going on November 30 at 6:30 inside Hidden Valley High School.

They hope to make the final decision during their December school board meeting.