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Allison Elementary renovations complete

Updated: Thursday, August 15 2013, 06:37 PM EDT

By Jennifer Black


CHESTER, W.Va. --


The massive overhaul at Allison Elementary School in Hancock County started before last school year, and some parents were wary of construction interfering with their children’s education time.


"The contractor did do a good job of cleaning up every night so the classrooms were ready for students," project manager Blatt said.


School officials said that should not be a concern this year, as work is officially completed and changes can be seen before you make it through the front door.


"This is what they call a 'man trap'.  Parents and visitors will enter into this space [and] be directed toward the office.  [They] have to check in so that the staff will always know when there is a visitor here,” Blatt said.


Thursday afternoon, Blatt took NEWS9 through the hallways of Allison Elementary, where the $5 millon project is officially complete.


“It's nice to have a fresh start for the school year, and everything looks so nice and fresh an clean, so everyone is excited about that,” Principal Toni Hartung said.


Students will see a brand-new gymnasium, so space no longer has to be shared with the cafeteria.  The building also touts three new preschool classrooms.


“Brand-new carpeting was also added to the kindergarten and first grade classrooms to allow students to sit on the floor with the teachers," Blatt said.


There is also a new HVAC system, several brand-new floors, ceilings and lights all installed with a focus on energy efficiency.


“Every school has been touched in Hancock County. Whether it's the career center, to the high schools stadiums, to the new elementary school in Weirton, Hancock County will have first-rate facilities to go along with first-rate education the students get from Hancock County," Blatt said.


A dedication ceremony, which will be open to the public, is scheduled for Aug. 25 from 2-4 p.m. at Allison Elementary School.

Allison Elementary renovations complete


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