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Ritchie Elementary awarded $5.4 million for renovations

Updated: Tuesday, April 29 2014, 07:35 AM EDT

By: Adam Del Rosso


Ritchie Elementary has been a part of Wheeling for nearly 90 years, since 1925; therefore, it's not surprising that the building needs over $7 million dollars in renovations.


Good news coming to the county on Monday that the state is awarding $5.4 million for the project.


"It's very well-deserving. It's great for the children, the faculty, and the community," said Ritchie Elementary teacher Becky Sinclair.


Ohio County Schools will be footing the rest of the bill for the work which looks at three main points.


"Structural, security and safety enhancements to Ritchie Elementary, which are much needed," said school board president Jim Jorden.


The school will see a new entrance designed to improve security, a new electrical system, new windows, new lighting, a new heating and cooling system as well as new fencing outside, all meant to help the students.


"They will succeed even more because they'll be able to accomplish more knowing we're in a wonderful, safe, secure school,” said Elaine Sedilko, a teacher at the school.


"Ritchie is a very good school now. Let's make a very good school a great school. With these enhancements, that we're making, will make this truly a great school for years to come," Jorden said.


Jorden told NEWS9 the architectural work will go out to bid this summer with the project beginning not too long after that. He said the project should take a year and a half to two years with no impact on students and their day to day learning.

Ritchie Elementary awarded $5.4 million for renovations

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