School's Out, But School Renovation Is In

Students may not be thinking of school right now, but that isn't true for school administrators. Except, perhaps for the usual week off, they're as busy during the summer as they are the rest of the year.

"As soon as the students leave the school buildings, you get to work, cleaning, dusting re-waxing the floors," says Superintendent Bill Niday, "all those normal maintenance functions you always do."

This summer they're particularly busy with major facelifts under way for most of the county's elementary and junior highs.

"We're replacing the lockers at most of the junior high schools," Niday says. "We're replacing boilers, we're air conditioning the band room at Edison Junior High School and we've just received a $46,000 grant from the School Building Authority to re-roof the gym at Criss."

School officials say it may be just the beginning, if voters this fall approve a $35 million bond issue. Major renovations could be on the way for Parkersburg South and Parkersburg High School as well as Williamstown High School.

"All the high schools will get new additions," Niday says, "which include new science rooms, new cafeteria spaces, additional gymnasium space, the renovation the schools need to bring them into the 20th Century."

Superintendent Niday says some projects including replacement of boilers may still be in progress after school begins in late August.


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