Construction of new school is underway

By: Maisie Insko Email
By: Maisie Insko Email

After six years of talk, construction on the new school that will replace Dennis C. Wooton Elementary in Perry County is finally underway.

School officials say the new facility will give them more resources to better educate their students.

For the faculty and staff at Dennis C. Wooton it has been a long time coming.

"I've taught at this school for twenty one years now and I have heard getting a new school for a long time so I’m excited for the progress on the school itself,” Mike Smith said.

But the blueprints are drawn and construction has begun at the new site on Highway 80.

"The unique thing is that this is on a site with no other construction at all taking place so they can work and not be bothered by outside influences,” Perry County Superintendent John Paul Amis said.

When it comes to the design of the building, many students are excited about the improvements they are going to see on the playground but school officials say the most important features will be inside the building.

"A music classroom and art classroom, something that we've never had at Dennis C. Wooton so I think it will be an opportunity to bring the arts and humanities in the school,” Gerald Brashear said.

"We're going to go from having sixteen students being able to be serviced in a computer lab to probably more than seventy at a time,” Principal Thomas Neace said.

Although the new facility is for the current students and staff at Dennis C. Wooton, it is actually receiving a new name to mark a new beginning.

"East Perry Elementary, with the Miners as the mascot. It is recognizing an industry that is so important to the area and I think it is going to be an attractive facility and we are really excited about it,” Superintendent Amis said.

The project is expected to be completed by August 2013.
Superintendent Amis says the school plans on putting new football, soccer and softball fields at the location.

Those fields would also serve Perry Central High School.

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