Within the next eight weeks, new walls will go up at Perryville Elementary School.
"They are going to start putting everything back together soon," said Perry Willis, executive director for support services for Cecil County Public Schools.
Other current work in progress or imminent is the installation of structural steel and the block foundation. Those in the area of the school can also expect to see work beginning outside, such as on new parking lots.
The construction will include site improvements such as areas separate for bus drop off and parent drop off (pedestrians). The school will have a new play area and more open areas. Major interior improvements for the renovation will include upgrades to the gym and administration area and a new courtyard and media center. There will also be a new kitchen and cafeteria, secure entrance, new bathrooms, and more.
Willis said the project is on schedule and on budget under the direction of the contractor, Towson Mechanical, Inc.
"This time next year we will be preparing to move furniture into the building," said Willis.
This $16.2 million project has displaced students for two years. While construction is underway, the Perryville district students are in class at Bainbridge and Charlestown elementary schools.
The new school will be 69,000 square feet versus the current 62,000 square feet. The current building capacity is 500 students. The new building will have space for 434 students.