Dickenson County

Groundbreaking in Southwest Virginia will bring new high school

CLINTWOOD, Va. - A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Wednesday for a new school in Southwest Virginia.

Many were at the ceremony to watch the unveiling in Dickenson County, Virginia.

The new Ridgeview High School will consolidate three high schools: Haysi, Clintwood, and Ervinton High School, which was closed due to budget cuts this year.

A new middle school will also be on the 107-acre campus.

The Dickenson County Career Center will also be on site. We talked to Congressman Morgan Griffith, who says the career center will help students land higher-paying jobs. "Some people are people who like to learn book learning, and some people are people who go out and make things work," he explained.

Congressman Griffith also went onto say, "What we need is to make sure those students who may not be bound for college who have great aptitude and skills at making things work and figuring out how to do things, they also need to make sure they are getting a good base education."

The school will cost around $110 million and will include an elementary school sometime in the future.

At this time there's no timetable for the completion of the elementary school, which it will replace Sandlick Elementary.

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