by Lisa Tome
The new Perryville Elementary School is 25 percent completed.
"That's three more semesters. Students will be back there by the Fall of 2016," said Perry Willis, executive director for support services for Cecil County Public Schools.
Willis provided an update of the $16.2 million project which has displaced students for two years.
"Basically, they are still doing demolition. They are taking out the center section and setting new steel for the additions and renovations. A lot of the underground piping for the bathrooms is done," said Willis.
While construction is underway, the Perryville district students are in class at Bainbridge and Charlestown elementary schools.
"It's crowded. It's not optimum. There is a parking issue at Bainbridge and getting everybody fed breakfast in the morning is an issue," said Willis. "But everybody's attitude makes a big difference."
On site, the contractor, Towson Mechanical, Inc. is on schedule.
The current school was built in 1955. renovations were underway in 1969 and 1982. The reason the school won't be razed is because part of it was renovated in 1982.
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.
Both Bainbridge and Charlestown are over capacity by 80-100 students during the renovation.
The staff from Perryville has been assigned to either Bainbridge or Charlestown.
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.