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Early Childhood students move into new addition

Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 5:33 pm

Van-Far Early Childhood Teacher Shelly Buie talks with morning students as they hold their first class in the new addition at Van-Far Elementary School.

Van-Far Early Childhood Teacher Shelly Buie talks with morning students as they hold their first class in the new addition at Van-Far Elementary School.

Van-Far Early Childhood Education students had big smiles on their faces this past Tuesday when they officially had their first class inside the new 3,200 square foot addition recently completed at the Elementary School.
Furniture and other supplies were moved from the trailers where classes previously met to the new addition on Friday.
Van-Far Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter said due to the moisture level being too high with the cement floor, tile in the classroom will be placed  after school is out in May. The time will help the cement floor cure before installing the tile.
“We’re very excited about it,” Superintendent Dr. Hunter said. “It’s turned out pretty well. It’s quality work.”
The new addition features two large classrooms that could utilize a divider if needed.
A shared bathroom with two doors has been constructed.
There are also two sets of 24 compartment/storage areas for students, giving the Early Childhood Program a chance to store items for up to 48 students.
Walking north into the addition area coming from the office, students will see two offices in a hallway to their left. Each office features a brick wall that existed when the school was originally constructed, which gives the remodel a nostalgic appearance.
“By using the outside walls, it kind of saved us some money,” Superintendent Dr. Hunter added. “We were pleased with the way the brick matches.”
A large brick wall that was a part of the original plans is also featured in the hallway in front of two new bathrooms which have sinks near the main doorway.
Both the boys and girls bathrooms have multiple stalls, vinyl tile to handle moisture, and epoxy on the walls.
Previously, the main entrance doors and windows were replaced. There are double pane panels installed to help in cutting down the glare. The other exterior doors have also been replaced and security measures are now in place at the entrances.
Phase I, led by Crawford Construction, will be finished when the tile floor is placed in the classrooms. The trailers will be added to a property surplus list, pending board approval, this month.
The area of the trailers will be used for additional parking.
Phase II, which is also a part of the $2.161 million no-tax bond issue passed by voters last April,  involves the remodeling of the South Pods along with the boys and girls public restrooms in that area. The Kindergarten classrooms will also be divided with new partitions and doors into classrooms.
Bidding begins for Phase II on January 26.
“Then when it comes in, we will know where we’re at with the remainder of money,” Superintendent Dr. Hunter said. “The parking lot will be bidded out after that.”
Plans for the existing parking lots include the replacement of approximately 23,200 square foot of asphalt. There will also be a new 6’ wide addition to the drive lane with new concrete along with added gravel nose-in parking on the south side of the elementary school.