School History


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History Of Berkeley Glenn Elementary School

In January of 1967, a bond issue was passed by the City of Waynesboro approving construction of an elementary school to be built at 1020 Jefferson Avenue. The new school was to replace the two buildings housing an elementary school at the Jackson Wilson site located on Pine Avenue. In March of that year, construction bids were placed and the contract was subsequently awarded to S. R. Gay and  Company of Lynchburg, Virginia. Ground was broken on the first day of June 1967, marking the beginning of construction of the new school.

At the beginning of the 1968-1969 school year, the students of Jackson Wilson moved into Berkeley Glenn Elementary School. The new school was named in honor of Francis Berkeley Glenn, who had been a longtime teacher in Waynesboro, a former principal at the Waynesboro High School, and the fifth superintendent of the Waynesboro Public School System. Berkeley Glenn Elementary School was formally dedicated in a ceremony on March 9, 1969.


       

The school was built with 24 classrooms to accommodate 500 students in kindergarten through the sixth grade. Sixth grade students went to Kate Collins Middle School in the fall of 1994. The student population during the first year was 460, with a student to classroom ratio of twenty-three to one.

The present day (2005-2006) student population of Pre-K, Kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth and fifth grades of 285 is from diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. We also have 60 Headstart students on the Berkeley Glenn campus. The student to classroom teacher ration is eighteen to one.


Today's teaching staff at Berkeley Glenn averages 18 years in the Waynesboro Public Schools. Advanced degrees are held by 60% of the teachers.

In the early seventies, the curriculum was enhanced by the addition of art, music, and physical education programs. Current scheduling affords students instruction in these areas daily. During the early nineties, a guidance program was added to the curriculum. The guidance program has incorporated a character curriculum into classrooms as well as tutoring programs with our local Fishburne military cadets and an Excel tutoring program targeting students who need support in academics and socio-emotionally. An after school-tutoring program was implemented in 2004.


           
The nineties also brought modern technology as at least two computers were placed in each classroom and 30-station computer lab was added. Summer programs as well as a spring SOL program are in place to meet the needs for SOL instruction. In the fall of 2003, an ESL program was added. Our talented and gifted program provides enrichment for our gifted students 3 days per week. A full time nurse is now in place. In 2004, we added an office aide who along with our secretary/bookkeeper manages the office duties/responsibilities. In 2004, we also added a Virginia Initiative PreKindergarten program, which is staffed with a teacher, aide, and family support counselor.  We have instructional aides in every classroom for a portion of the school day to work with students in reading and math. During the 2004-2005 school year, we remodeled our library. In 2005-2006, we added a Day Treatment Program to meet the needs of at-risk students.  

           

Throughout the 32-year history of Berkeley Glenn Elementary School has evolved under the leadership of five principals. The first principal was Truman Southall, followed by John Owens, Rodney Bradt, Bill Bateman and Sharon Tooley.

Berkeley Glenn became a fully accredited school through the state's Standard of Learning requirements in the fall of 2003 as well as made Adequate Yearly Progress through the federal program, No Child Left Behind.


Berkeley Glenn has an active and supportive PTO. Through various means of fund raising, they have continuoulsy provided the school with needed equipment and supplies. In 1996, through the efforts of the PTO and in conjunction with Waynesboro Department of Parks and Recreation, a playground was constructed on the school ground for use by students and the children of the community. Berkeley Glenn reaps many benefits through the generoisty of its numerous parent and community volunteers.

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Situated on 22 rolling acres at the southeastern corner of Jefferson Avenue and Windsor Road, the school has plenty of room for expansion. Also housed in the building are a large multi-purpose room, a library a cafetorium, a kitchen, a teacher's lounge, clinic facilities, a conference room and administrative offices. In the fall of 2003, Berkeley Glenn became a fully air-conditioned school. The school board approved funds to air condition the entire building. This will also enable Berkeley Glenn to offer summer programs.


The Berkeley Glenn Elementary School district is located in the southeastern section of Waynesboro. Its eastern border is near Invista, (formerly DuPont), and Wayn-Tex at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Waynesboro Country Club borders the western edge. The northern border approximates the path of the South River from the northwest, near Meadowbrook Road to Ridgeview Park, and extends northward along Oak Avenue to Main Street and eastward to McElroy. The city limits border the southwestern and southern edges of the district. The Waynesboro Public Library is located in the heart of the district. Homes in the district range in value roughly from $100,000 to $300,000.

Berkeley Glenn School continues to serve the needs of the children of its community. It is the ongoing goal of the faculty and staff to provide the students with a background that prepares them to be knowledgeable and productive citizens. The staff is committed to excellence and a nurturing environment. Berkeley Glenn strives for the involvement of families and the community to reach our goals.   


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