West Springfield High School: A Fixer-Upper

There are 9 comments on the WUSA Washington, DC story from Apr 23, 2008, titled West Springfield High School: A Fixer-Upper. In it, WUSA Washington, DC reports that:

Holes in the ceiling, torn carpeting, a crumbling track. These are just some of the problems at West Springfield High School.

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West Springfield Mom

Pleasanton, CA

#21 Apr 28, 2008
A Parent wrote:
I know the infrastructure is in serious need of renovation, but I love WSHS and what it has done for my son, who will be graduating on June 16. The faculty and staff are absolutely the BEST, and deserve a building that merits their expertise. WSHS was overlooked for years, and it's now time for the County to do something about it. The only way to get that done is to show up on May 6, and let the School Board and our elected officials know that WE CARE ABOUT OUR SCHOOL!
Where is the meeting going to held at? What time on May 6th? My husband graduated from WSHS, and our son will be attending WSHS in the next 5 years...we definitely want to see something done with this school!
Canspinner

Dumfries, VA

#22 May 2, 2008
My son attends WSHS as a senior and is on the football and track team. This is our first year in this school system. This school definitely needs some relief! They have wonderful supportive parents. It's a shame that our children have to attend a highschool in such shambles.
BUILT TO LAST

Alexandria, VA

#23 May 2, 2008
Resident wrote:
If you want to find out where the money went that should have been used on the school building, check out what the county pays for each new boat for the crew teams. Also check out the salary paid to a specialist who does eye exercises with one special needs preschooler. This is not responsible prioritizing of budgeted money. Before looking for more money be realistic about spending what is available!
Thats just the tip of the iceberg my friend, watch outside a school and see the taxi cabs delivery kids to school from another area of the county because they got expelled from the school they were going to near their home....if the public only knew, but then again they continue to approve bonds and the county gives them more than any other agency every year because the public thinks junior or missy will be an idiot if they dont, if the public really knew!
Alum two thousand and two

Manassas, VA

#24 May 2, 2008
WSHS is a fantastic school and deserves the renovations needed. The current school I work at needed to be renovated because it was an open concept school (and needed walls to enclose the classrooms) and parents fought to move up the renovations by five years. There are always schools that are worse off. It is a shame that the school hasn't been renovated earlier it is up to the students and parents to fight for the renovations to be moved up, not argue over where the money is going.
WSHS Mom

AOL

#25 May 2, 2008
West Springfield Mom wrote:
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Where is the meeting going to held at? What time on May 6th? My husband graduated from WSHS, and our son will be attending WSHS in the next 5 years...we definitely want to see something done with this school!
WSHS TOWN MEETING

Sponsored by the WSHS PTSA

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

7:00 pm

WSHS Cafeteria

Speaker: Springfield School Board Representative Liz Bradsher
WSHS Mom

AOL

#26 May 2, 2008
According to the news report and the comments in response, the problems include leaks, mold, mice, drainage issues, standing stagnant water, foul odors/air, possible toxins, among other physical safety hazards, ....maybe the Fairfax County Health Dept needs to get involved and do an inspection.
WSHS student and rower

Sterling, VA

#27 May 4, 2008
you have no clue what ur talking about.
im in crew,
its not funded by the school.
its a club.
all the money used to buy the shells (not boats) are from the rowers (or rower's families) pockets.
we take NO money out of our school system.
we pay over $1000 in order to pay for crew.
Resident wrote:
If you want to find out where the money went that should have been used on the school building, check out what the county pays for each new boat for the crew teams. Also check out the salary paid to a specialist who does eye exercises with one special needs preschooler. This is not responsible prioritizing of budgeted money. Before looking for more money be realistic about spending what is available!
West Springfield Sophmore

Springfield, VA

#28 Oct 7, 2008
They're really trying to work out little renovations. They fixed the sports lobby bathrooms, and there's a new memorial in the cafeteria benches. Since we're not high on the list, which is absolutely ridiculous, all we can do is try to fix it ourselves. I know there won't be any major changes in my time at the school, but the posterity and the staff need a better functioning environment!
WSHS Renovation Activist

Springfield, VA

#29 Dec 3, 2008
ANGRY CURRENT WS STUDENT wrote:
I am absolutely outraged that our 60/70-something year old filthy, disgusting school is not on the list, nonetheless, at the TOP of the list, to be renovated. Our school is honestly itself a safety hazard. It's so bad that most of the time I try to hold my bladder to avoid using the repulsive restrooms.
Not only is our school old, dirty, and smelly, it contains around 1200 students PLUS faculty and staff. Our halls and classrooms are much too small. There is no way of navigating through the halls without having to either push people or walk very slowly and wait to be pushed. Overall, our school NEEDS a renovation NOW !!!
Our school actually contains around 2,200 students. Not just 1,200. We need to be renovated now. We are the oldest Fairfax County Public School that has not recieved a major renovation...

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