Construction Crews Working to get New School Ready by Next Month

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Some students on Charleston's West Side will start the new year in a brand new building.

Edgewood Elementary has been years in the making. It took several years of planning before ground was even broken back in early 2012.

Since then, construction crews have faced many challenges. They include last summer's rainy weather, this past winter's brutal snows and the water crisis.

The school is still under construction, and workers know that the clock is ticking.

The building is complete, and pavement for the parking lot and bus-loading area is still underway.

Inside, there's still a lot of work to do before students arrive Aug. 11.

Many of the classrooms are finished and just need furniture. The hallways still need flooring and lockers.

However, Kanawha County Education officials say the school will be ready by time the first bell rings. When all said and done, it will have all the bells and whistles for your child's education.

"It has all the modern facilities and technology that would give kids a quite a start -- being in elementary school," Mark Yaussy, the onsite clerk of works said.

Each classroom has large screen smart boards. The school was also designed in a way to teach kids about how it works. This includes color-coded pipes and ductwork in the hallways' ceilings.

Edgewood Elementary is a consolidation of J.E. Robbins and Watts Elementary Schools.


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