Renovations Begin in Culpeper’s Carver School by Allison Brophy Champion, Culpeper Star Exponent, April 9, 2017

Clear plastic wraps the hallways, offices and old classrooms on the first floor of the historic George Washington Carver High School in Culpeper County.

Rehabilitation work commences to give new purpose to the nearly 70-year-old brick building that educated area African-American students during Jim Crow.

Site supervisor Margarita Romero, having made the more than hour-long drive from her home in Weyers Cave, was on site Thursday morning overseeing a crew of five other workers doing the substantial job consisting of removal of asbestos-laced floor tiles and related demolition.

Staunton-based Semco submitted a low bid of $31,770 for the project being funded with a $50,000 Brownfields Grant through the Environmental Protection Agency.

The fact that the bid came in so low will allow more asbestos abatement to be completed than originally anticipated on the first floor of the building being renovated to serve various community uses, said Culpeper County Environmental Services Director Paul Howard. The county has committed another $150,000 to use county staff to do painting, carpeting, electrical and plumbing afterwards.