Crowders Creek Elementary to open addition in January

jbecknell@enquirerherald.comDecember 20, 2013 

Several changes and additions are underway at Crowders Creek Elementary School in Lake Wylie.

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— Crowders Creek Elementary School will open a new $5 million central office addition designed to make it easier for students, parents and staff when classes resume in January.

The school, which serves about 1,050 students in prekindergarten through grade five, will have a single office area for pickup and dropoff during the school day and for administrative offices of both the primary and elementary schools.

“It will make it easier for our parents and families to have all our office staff in one spot,” said Georgia Westmoreland, principal of the primary school for about 580 students in prekindergarten to grade two.

The school will host an open house for parents and the community to see the new facilities from 3 to 4 p.m. Jan. 5.

Lori Maczko, principal of the elementary school for grades three to five, which serves about 500 students, said the changes also will be more convenient and efficient for the school staff.

“It’s nice to be able to get everyone together as one,” Maczko said. “Communication is key in a school, and with these new facilities, it bridges that gap.”

The school, which serves about one-sixth of the children in Clover schools, has operated with the primary school on one side and the elementary school on the other. Each school had a separate entrance and separate administrative offices.

The construction project, started in June by Rock Hill-based J.M. Cope, created a new, centralized administration and office area at the front of the school with a school nurse office and a waiting area for parents.

The addition, which employees began moving into last week, also includes two new music rooms and a new meeting space and work room for the staff, said Mychal Frost, public information office for the district.

Frost said each school will continue to have a separate area for morning and afternoon pick-up and drop-off, and those procedures won’t change.

However, he said parents who have children in both schools and who want to pick up or drop off their children during the school day will no longer have to visit separate school offices.

Frost said renovations to the old office areas used by each school will begin over the holiday break and be completed by the end of the school year.

When the renovations are complete, Frost said, those areas will be used for school resource classrooms, such as the Reading Recovery program, a program for autistic and special needs children, now at Larne Elementary, and office space for special services, now located at the Clover Resource Center.

Enrollment at Crowders Creek, which has a capacity of 1,200, is expected to go down to around 700 after the opening of a new elementary school that’s planned as part of a $99 million school construction package.

In March, voters will be asked to approve a $67 million bond for the school construction. School officials have said the lower enrollment at Crowders after the new school opens will create space for the special programs.

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