Carroll-Oakland Elementary School Principal Carol Ferrell noted this week how impressed she has been with students, parents and faculty since construction started on the school's expansion last fall.
"Everyone has been amazing. Even with the gravel parking lot, everybody has kept a smile on their face and their eyes on the final prize coming soon," she said.
The expansion, which kicked off with a ceremony in August 2014, is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2015-2016 school year. The roughly $15 million project will create a new gym to seat 1,000 and new classrooms, eliminating more than a dozen portable classrooms used in recent years due to an increase in enrollment. It would also renovate the gymnasium into a new library and kitchen space.
"It is moving along quickly. The outside walls are established, and they are working on the remodel of our existing cafeteria now," Ferrell said. Students are currently having lunchtime in what will be the new library. "They completed the shell and we moved tables over there. We haven't had to alter our lunch schedule at all. We also have a completely brand new kitchen, which we have been using since January."
Deputy Director of Schools Mickey Hall said a monthly meeting will be held next week to discuss progress. "To my knowledge everything is going okay," he said. "It is expected to be completed by the time kids show up for school the first Monday in August."
Hall reiterated Ferrell's praises of those who attend and work at Carroll-Oakland. "Everyone has been great. The parents have been superb working with Mrs. Ferrell and her staff," he said. "I just really want to compliment them and how understanding they all have been as we get this completed."
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