WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There will be no classes at D.C. Virgo Middle School this fall. But this summer, the school is getting a facelift. That has some in the community upset.
School officials say crews are repairing the roof, renovating the gym and working on heating and air conditioning units. Repairs on the school building have many parents wondering why fix the building when the school’s not even open?
Stacy Glidden’s two children were set to go to Virgo next year before the school board voted to close the school. She says she thinks the school district is fixing the wrong problems.
“I think it’s giving a Band-Aid over an existing problem, and until the county addresses those problems, it’s not going to be fixed,” Glidden said.
Glidden says she does not understand why the district is putting money into Virgo when there are so many other problems around the county. She says instead, the focus should be on staff and curriculum.
“There are a lot of kids that have a lot of needs,” Glidden said. “You need more staff, you need more staffing, and I think sometimes the county has fell short addressing the main product and main problems of the county.”
The school board says it cannot use the money for any other reason. It says the nearly $1 million from the state for repairs was already assigned to the project, and is being used on D.C. Virgo because it has the greatest need.
“This is strictly capital dollars, which is very restrictive and for very focused use,” assistant superintendent Bill Hance said.
The school board hopes to reopen Virgo in a year. Glidden says that’s the wrong decision.
“I know there are a lot of families that don’t agree that Virgo should be closed. I do know that. I’ve heard that, but I think it’s a good thing,” Glidden said.
Other parents that we spoke with off camera say they don’t want D.C. Virgo to open again at all, and they think the money being spent to correct the building is a waste.
New Hanover County Schools hopes to have the repairs completed by the end of the summer.