LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — During Lynchburg City Schools’ first event in the “Community Conversations” series, school officials shared reassurances and noteworthy plans for the district’s future.

Lynchburg City Schools held the community event at Sandusky Elementary School on Monday, April 25 in order to lay out the results of a months-long facilities study for Sandusky Elementary, as well as Sheffield Elementary School, Perrymont Elementary School, and Heritage Elementary School.

The topics of discussion included the condition of current schools, possible renovation plans, and even closures and consolidations, which Superintendent Crystal Edwards says will not happen this year. However, Edwards says she can understand why parents are concerned when they hear those words being thrown around.

“It can absolutely be scary, but I’ll ask my parents, ‘What makes a school special? Is it really the brick and mortar, or is it the people inside? Is it the programming? Is it the way the people inside make your children feel?'” explained Edwards. “And that we can pick up and move to a brand new facility if we get a new school or if we have to consolidate.”

So far, the district has announced the dates and locations for three more “Community Conversations,” so if you want to share your input about the future of Lynchburg students, follow the links below to RSVP to one of these community meetings:

  • Monday, May 2 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Linkhorne Elementary School
    • Topic: Facilities study for Linkhorne Elementary School, T.C. Miller Elementary School, and Dearington Elementary School for Innovation
  • Monday, May 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Paul Munro Elementary School
    • Topic: Facilities study for Paul Munro Elementary School and Bedford Hills Elementary School
  • Monday, May 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at R.S. Payne Elementary School
    • Topic: Facilities study for Carl B. Hutcherson Early Learning Center, W.M. Bass Elementary School, and R.S. Payne Elementary School