Schools undergo renovations to prepare for school year
by Celia Shortt
In preparation for the 2013-14 school year in Coweta County, several school facilities are being renovated and improved.
Elm Street Elementary and Atkinson Elementary underwent significant renovations, including new cafeteria kitchens and general upgrades to the wiring, lighting, HVAC, ceilings, and flooring.
This year the school system started a multi-year renovation project to East Coweta High School. Work this summer included adding parking areas and repaving, renovating the school’s old field house and building a new one. Future work includes a new sewerage, general upgrades to the classrooms and facilities, and adding classrooms.
“East Coweta High School is under way,” said Coweta County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Barker. “It’s going to be a noticeable change when people arrive back.”
Elm Street Elementary Teacher, Heather Greene is excited about the improvements and what they mean for the students. Some of the new technology for Elm Street includes new teacher computers, iPad minis, and nooks.
“It’s exciting because everyone - teachers and students - have been talking about this and preparing for it for awhile,” said Greene. “I’m most excited about the fact that it isn’t just cosmetic, but the improvements will help us with what we are doing in teaching.”
Greene has been at Elm Street for the past five years, teaching third grade. This year, she moves to fifth grade and will be teaching reading, language arts, writing, and social studies.
The Coweta County Board of Education has a scheduled maintenance and renovation schedule for all the elementary, middle, and high schools in its school system.