PINEVILLE, MO.--- New additions are coming to Pineville Elementary. The school is running out of room and school officials say new rooms are needed. Some buildings are more than 30 years old, so it's time for an update.
"Very excited. It was thrilling to see the students out there this afternoon. It was kind of wet, but they brought their smiles. They brought their signs and they brought their enthusiasm," said Dr. Mark Stanton, McDonald County Superintendent.
Students and faculty cheered as shovels dug into the ground at Pineville Elementary.
"Today, we held our groundbreaking ceremony here in Pineville for a brand new FEMA storm shelter that will also serve as a gym, as well as adding on classrooms to Pineville Elementary," said Dr. Stanton
Nearly 17,000 square feet of additions will include a new cafeteria, classrooms, and a gym.
"State of the art gymnasium and locker room for our students with lockers and showers. It will be a wood floor," said Dr. Stanton.
Three classrooms to help with overcrowding, including a new music room, are also in the works.
"The new addition will provide us with a new place and it will be bigger and better, and provide more space for us so we don't have to keep jumping over things and so we can express our sound better," said Mikinnlay Colville, 7th Grader.
Superintendent Dr. Mark Stanton says the finished product will provide a better education for Pineville students.
"We are excited about getting the project started. It will start soon and I just couldn't be more thrilled to see the wonderful success, so that all students are successful," said Dr. Stanton.
The school was originally built in 1950 so school officials feel it's in need of some updating. The new additions are expected to be completed by spring of next year.
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