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September 26, 2013

School renovation is nearly complete

DAVIDSVILLE — Conemaugh Township Area school officials will open the doors to their newly renovated elementary school for a community-wide open house early next month.

While students have been busy inside the Tire Hill Road school since the school year started late last month, gym and parking lot work has continued on the $6.6 million project, Superintendent Gary Buchsen said.

That work will wrap this week, he added, saying the final seal coat on the school’s gym floor will be drying this weekend.

It’s the last task on the list for a project that began in August 2012.

Building Related Solutions of Windber spent the past year renovating existing elementary classrooms, replacing windows and adding a 20,000-square-foot addition that included a gym, special education and music classrooms and an expanded elementary kitchen.

“It really turned out nice,” Buchsen added. “It’s turned into a nice addition to our district.”

Newly painted walls were adorned in Conemaugh Township’s red and black colors, elementary school Principal Nicole Dull said.

She said that safety and security measures are the most important additions.

Visitors entering the school are buzzed into a secure office area before being permitted to access the rest of the school, Dull said. And a second driveway into the school was added to direct bus and other vehicle traffic away from entrance areas where students cross.

Parking lot improvements were finished this week, just in time for a parent-teacher open house Thursday night, Buchsen said.

The district decided on homecoming week to unveil the site to the public, Buchsen said.

Doors will be opened for the community to tour the school Oct. 10 at 6 p.m., he said.

David Hurst is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter @tddavidhurst.


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