CUYAHOGA FALLS — The sharp smell of paint greeted those who stepped inside the future Woodridge Elementary School on Tuesday to take a look at the progress.
There was much to see. The visitors, which included the Woodridge Board of Education, could see the various classrooms, the two gyms, the cafeteria, the teacher's work area, the library and more taking shape. Superintendent Walter Davis pointed out several teachers’ classrooms as the group toured the two-story building.
"I think you will all be impressed," Davis said before the tour. "It's beautiful."
The new building, at 4351 Quick Road, includes two gyms — one for the intermediate students and one for the primary students — a theater area, two music classrooms, cafeteria, a library instruction classroom as well as a library, two elevators and more. Many of the classrooms have garage door-like doors which go into the ceiling area to open up into the common areas.
Outside the building, dirt was being prepared for the large playground area. Davis said the spot will include play areas for the younger and the older students, and will have accessible playground equipment. The Cuyahoga Falls Parks and Recreation Department is doing the work on the playground, he added.
"I can hardly wait until this is done," said Board President Tammy Heffernan during the tour. "This is so exciting."
In the meantime, the district's primary and intermediate school buildings will see a new life as private schools.
Starting in the coming school year, the Woodridge Primary School on Northampton Road will become the new home of Summit Christian School, which teaches kindergarten through eighth grade. Ted Shure of Summit Christian School said the sale closed June 8.
Woodridge Intermediate School, on Bronson Avenue in Peninsula, was sold in a collaboration with the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy and Heritage Classical Academy. The new Peninsula Campus will offer its Study Center for kindergarten through fifth grade twice a week, which, according to information from the HCA website, allows home-schooled students to attend. It also will have its Academy five days per week for kindergarten through eighth grade. Additionally, HCA will offer a preschool at the Peninsula Campus for 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds.
Davis said the sale is expected to close in the near future.
A 35-year, 3.71-mill bond issue was approved by Woodridge district voters in 2015 to raise $33.5 million for improvements at the high school, which included a new gym and classroom spaces, and for the construction of the new elementary school building.
The public is invited to tour the new school Aug. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. in a special ribbon cutting and open house. The ribbon cutting will be at 1 p.m. For details, visit www.woodridge.k12.oh.us online.
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