Build two high schools
Trejbal is a Roanoke Times editorial writer. He is stationed in the New River Valley.
Montgomery County residents who oppose building a new high school in Blacksburg after the collapse of the gymnasium typically cite two reasons: Blacksburg is spoiled and taxes are bad. Neither excuse is very persuasive.
The school board recommends building Blacksburg’s new school plus a new Auburn High School in Riner. The county could then renovate the old Auburn High School to house the middle school.
The board of supervisors has the power of the purse, though, and therefore has the final say. Building two new schools and renovating an old one would cost $124 million.