MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Ridgedale Elementary School will soon open a two-story, eight classroom addition. The opening will add much needed space, but will allow the next phase of improvements to get started.
Principal Sheri Petitte was a guest on WAJR’s Ask the Educator and said over the last five years the student body has grown from about 400 students to more than 500.
“As we continue to add students it become more and more crowded and we have used every space in that building in order to have a classroom,”Petitte said,”So, the project was a necessary thing for us, Dr. Campbell and the school board recognized it and we have this project.”
Petitte says the Phase I new building is attached to the existing structure and will house pre-k and upper elementary grades.
Once that space is available she says they’ll move onto the second part of Phase I.
“The second part of Phase I will take one of our hallways that we have five existing classrooms and renovate those into kindergarten classrooms that meet the state code policy,”Petitte said,”But, most importantly meet the needs of our students.”
Petitte says the pick up/drop off area will be enhanced to safely speed the process up for buses and families.