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Widmyer Elementary School prepares fresh new look for students

August 16, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The 3,080-square-foot multipurpose building at Widmyer Elementary School should be ready to open by mid-October, the school principal said.

Joan Willard, who is starting her second year as principal of Widmyer, said the new addition at the Morgan County school includes two new bathrooms and storage space.

The new building is at the northwest corner of the school and will have its own entrance and walkway.

It will have rubberized flooring and is one-half the size of a basketball court, said Willard. Collapsible backboards for basketball will be used rather than permanent ones so the room can be used for other events, she said.

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The more than 400 elementary school children held gym classes in the cafeteria.

"The tables went up and the tables went down," said Willard.

The new building "allows more flexibility and will maximize facility use," she said. The building will be used as the dismissal area for afternoon buses. More information regarding the discharging area in the new multipurpose building will be given to parents, Willard said.

Widmyer Elementary School also has been undergoing renovations since the last school year, she said, and the old carpeting in the classrooms has been removed and new tile flooring is down in its place.

"The HVAC has been replaced throughout the building, and there is a new electronic sprinkler system and new loudspeakers. Roof repair was necessary, too," she said.

Willard said Widmyer has a "fresh new look."

"The parents were great last year. We could not have done this without the parents' support," Willard said.

Friday, Aug. 26, is Back to School Day, and kindergarten through second-grade students will come in shifts, Willard said.

Kindergarten students are scheduled from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; first-graders will come from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and second-graders from 1 to 2 p.m.

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