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Roanoke City Schools get a summer makeover

Published On: Jun 06 2013 01:27:48 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 07 2013 01:26:32 PM EDT
Roanoke City Schools get a summer makeover

School is out in Roanoke, but students aren't the only ones celebrating.

Some teachers at Virginia Heights Elementary got to spend their first few days of summer taking a sledge hammer to the school’s mobile classroom.

It's one of the first modular units to be removed in the city school system.

Workers will build an addition onto Virginia Heights Elementary School. The project has a price tag of $2.5 million and it will include five new classrooms, a new library, a new art room and a new multi-purpose room. 

Many were happy to see the mobile unit be demolished on Thursday.

"We've had it here for at least 15 years,” said school principal Linda Butts. “We are so excited to have all our students and staff under one roof. I think it builds a sense of community."

Virginia Heights isn't the only school getting a makeover.

Round Hill Elementary is getting a new gym and a new playground. Some site work will also be done to lay the ground work for more construction next summer.  According to a school spokesman, the project will cost $1.3 million.

Garden City Elementary will renovate some older classrooms and the cafeteria. It's also getting a new roof on the gym. The project at Garden City is expected to cost $1.4 million.

Roanoke City Schools is also replacing lights at four of the schools at a cost of $550,000.  WDBJ 7 is told the lights will be brighter and more energy efficient.