by Lisa Tome
The wait is almost over for those who attend Perryville Elementary School.
After nearly two years of waiting, the major renovation project is almost finished. State Comptroller Peter Franchot toured the building on Thursday, March 10. The new building includes an administrative suite, expanded gymnasium, and media center. The project cost $7.6 million in state funds and an additional $11 million in local money.
"We're winding down by the end of May. Everything is on schedule," said Perry Willis, Executive Director for Support Services for Cecil County Public Schools.
New furniture will arrive by July 1. The announcement of the names of the school's administration is imminent. Work is ongoing with paving and storm water. Inside the building, floors are being leveled and tile will be installed.
"Nothing has been delayed and no materials are delayed. There have been no hitches. Things are moving along just fine," said Willis.
The school's mascot, the panda, is featured and has been created in brick on the school's gymnasium.
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. Willis cautioned that building capacity can be misleading because it is calculated by teaching stations. During the construction, students and staff have been reassigned, split between Charlestown and Bainbridge elementary schools.