The Halifax County School Board has ended the debate of renovating vs. rebuilding the county high school by voting to rebuild it.
Monday evening, the board voted in a 6-to-1 vote to demolish and rebuild Halifax County High School. The project is estimated to cost over $110 million.
“The students of Halifax County deserve the same facilities as any student anywhere in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Joe Gasperini, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.
The decision came after much discussion and several public meetings.
“We all feel a sense of urgency. If you walk through the building, today and you go though the day to day operations of the high school you see a building that is limping along in a number of aspects,” said Mark Lineburg, Superintendent of Halifax County Public Schools.
Lineburg says they shared information about improvements to the high school in more than 40 meetings.
The school board says they are looking into different options to fund the project which could end up costing 110 million dollars.
Gasperini says the cost between renovating and building a brand new facility — were not that much — so they decided to build.
“We also believe that the new high school will revitalize the whole county. With a new high school, more people will move to the area, more business are more apt to moving to the area, and if we increase growth and the economy gets better. It’s good for everybody,” said Gasperini.