New Renovations to Come for Elementary School
August 28, 2012By Jason Kinner of Paintsville Jr Sr High School
*Note: The Red Section will NOT be going under Construction*
To go along with the recent construction done to the High School, Paintsville Elementary will be undergoing renovations. The estimated 6 million dollar project is set to begin in January of 2013 and is planned to last for 18-24 months, in which during that time, they will be creating several new additions to the school.
One of the new additions will be a new courtyard style playground. The new playground will be surrounded on three sides by a series of high walls with the other side being connected to the building itself. These changes will increase playground safety by requiring people to enter the school before they can access the playground. The existing walkway will also be enclosed, which means instead of having to walk through and to the office outside, the door will start where the awning currently is and it will all be indoors.
Along with the playground, changes will also be made to the gymnasium. The existing gym will be reserved for mostly assemblies and performances. A new multipurpose area, about the size of a standard volleyball court, will be constructed off of the fourth grade hall way extending outward toward the board office. Coach Trimble will be having his gym classes in the new multipurpose gym.
The cafeteria will be upgraded as well, and will be similar to the high school. The lunch line, instead of having walls, will have glass front windows which allow the children to see into the kitchen. Everything will be moving down towards Court Street. They will be constructing a new dish room as well, similar to the high schools. Also the menu will be upgraded and a new set of bathrooms will be added.
Right now this is all the information that can be told. Further information on construction is still pending.
“The changes were proposed by the local planning committee.”, says Brian Auxier, the Principal of Paintsville Elementary. “They decided since the high school was being changed, that we needed to renovate the elementary.”
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