LAKE WYLIE — A $5 million addition and renovation of Lake Wylie’s Crowders Creek Elementary School is designed to improve security and create a more efficient office and administrative area.
School officials last week broke ground on the project, which involves an addition of office and administrative space at the front of the building and renovations to the old office areas at each side of the building.
“We have thought for a couple years about how can we make that school more secure and the administrative area more effective and efficient,” said finance director Ken Love.
The school, built about 15 years ago, serves about 1,070 children from prekindergarten to grades five and has nearly 130 staff. In the past, it has operated with a primary school on one side, for children in prekindergarten to grades two, and an elementary school on the other side for grades three to five.
Each school has a separate entrance.
The construction project, done by Rock Hill-based J.M. Cope, will create a new, centralized administration and office area at the front of the school with a school nurse office and waiting area for parents, Love said.
Millicent Dickey, principal of Crowders Creek, said the consolidated office will enhance the streamlined operations, making it easier for parents and other guests to find the main entrance.
It also will allow for easier dissemination of information to parents, Dickey said.
“One central school office will provide for the efficient management of daily school functions for faculty, staff and students,” she said.
Renovations also will be done to the old office areas on each side of the school, Love said. The renovations will enable the school to add space for specialty areas such as Reading Recovery and instruction for autistic children.
The school would still have pick-up and drop-off areas for students at each side of the school, Love said. However, the primary entrance during the day would be at the center of the school, he said.
Love said the new administrative office addition is expected to be completed in December of this year, while renovations to the old offices will be ready to open by the fall of 2014.
Love said the Clover district will still need the additional classroom space that’s planned under a $60 million to $65 million bond referendum that is planned to go to voters in the spring of 2014.
If the bond is approved, the district plans about $85 million in new construction, including new middle and elementary schools, a renovation of Clover Middle to create a ninth-grade academy for Clover High School, renovations at Memorial Stadium and artificial turf at the stadium and two other field. The district has saved about $25 million toward those projects.