GIRARD, Pa. — Millions of dollars in renovations are almost complete at Rice Avenue Middle school in Girard as students enjoy an extended summer vacation.
It’s close to a $19 million project that spanned over 18 months and two school years, but once school begins Sept. 13, administrators say what needs to be done to operate will be complete.
Once students return to school, they’ll have to adjust to the new layout.
Several changes and new additions include an entire new wing at the school and expanded cafeteria.
Thanks to an investment by the Girard taxpayers, the school is complete with the latest technology for classroom use, a new library and a new resource center.
The renovated school will now house fifth- and sixth-grade classrooms in one area, seventh- and eighth-grade classrooms in another, and an expanded cafeteria and library with flexible learning spaces in between.
“It’s really nice to have a school within a school and to plan and collaborate and to learn with flexible spaces,” Girard Superintendent Donna Miller said. “This building was an old high school very traditional from the 1920’s so having that flexible space will make a huge difference for the kids.”
There are some areas that are not quite completed just yet, but they are non-instructional parts of the school that administrators say will only take a few extra weeks into the school year to finish.