All four corners of Ouzinkie School are under construction this school year. The school is getting two new student bathrooms, a new food storage area, and a complete overhaul of its aging gym. Ouzinkie Principal Jake Parrett says it's been challenging to run a school with so much going on, but workers have been very accommodating. (Photo by Casey Kelly/KMXT).
the school board and district officials visited Ouzinkie School on Monday, they
got a tour of a school that is under heavy construction right now. As KMXT’s
Casey Kelly reports, the long delayed projects are bringing some much-needed
improvements to the village school.
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School Principal Jake Parrett might need a hard hat to do his job this year.
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district officials and school board members on a tour of the school before
Monday’s work session. Right now there are three separate construction projects
going on at the school. Ouzinkie is getting two brand new student bathrooms, a
new food storage room, and the big project: a complete renovation and expansion
of the school gym.
2 :31s “…right
through the siding.”)
crews have already torn out the carpet flooring in the old gym and started
laying the foundation for the expansion. The new floor will be rubberized,
eliminating the rug burns students regularly experienced during gym class. The
added space will mean more storage, something Ouzinkie School is sorely lacking
right now. In fact, Parrett says he can hardly wait for the gym project and the
new food storage room to be done.
3 :29s “…encompassed
within the school.”)
says it can be challenging to run a school with all of the work going on, but
the construction crews have been very helpful and accommodating.
4 :18s “…they’ll
not work in that area.”)
a gym, he says teachers have had to find other ways to get kids their exercise.
5 :10s “…activities
in the shop/cafeteria.”)
The Ouzinkie construction is part
of several bonded projects that the district has been slowly working its way
through for about five years. During Monday’s school board work session,
longtime board member Norm Wooten said it’s long overdue.
1 :11s “…over
here and the remodel work.”)
Stewart McDonald echoed that, saying anyone who’d seen the old gym would know
just how much the school needs the new one.
1 :25s “…to
bring that facility back up.”)
construction project in Ouzinkie got off to a slow start, as borough and
district officials had to shuffle money around in order to pay for it. Most of
the work will be done over winter vacation, when students aren’t in school.
They gym renovation is scheduled to be complete by April.