CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. - Improving and upgrading Christiansburg High School has been a point of discussion in the New River Valley for years. Now the county school board is taking the first step and requesting about $6 million for new athletic facilities.
"We're looking at renovating all of Christiansburg High School and this is the first phase of that renovation," said Mark Miear, Montgomery County superintendent.
The proposed renovations begin with football stadium turf, a new softball field and upgrades to the baseball facility. The money will also help construct new concession stands and bathrooms. The county superintendent says millions of dollars may look like a hefty price tag but it's been a long time coming.
"Here in Christiansburg, we haven't been as fortunate. As some in Christiansburg would say, it's their turn, so we're excited that Christiansburg will be getting new upgraded facilities very soon," said Miear.
The bigger picture is a new academic wing added to the high school around 2023 for an estimated $70 million. The school board is hoping the athletic upgrades will be a head start.
"Folks rally around athletics in our schools, so it's real important. It's real important to our kids," said Miear.
On Oct. 30, the school board and the board of supervisors will meet at the high school to discuss the project and approval should come soon after that.
Chris Tuck -- the chair for the board of supervisors -- says he's hopeful the request will be approved. He also thanked the school board for working so hard to expand and renovate Christiansburg High.
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