Suncrest students break ground on new school

Students from Suncrest Primary School turn the first shovels of dirt at the site of the new Suncrest Elementary.
Students from Suncrest Primary School turn the first shovels of dirt at the site of the new Suncrest Elementary.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Students manned the shovels at the ceremonial groundbreaking for Monongalia County’s newest school project.

Suncrest Primary School principal Joanne Hines has high expectations for Suncrest Elementary School.

“I can’t tell you how excited we are. It’s going to be the most amazing school ever,” she exclaimed.

The new Suncrest Elementary School will be built to serve 550 students along Collins Ferry Road.

It will include a 5,000 square foot media center for students to do research and collaborate on group projects.

While the school will carry over some energy savings and conversation ideas incorporated at Eastwood Elementary, Hines said Suncrest Elementary is designed to strengthen the study of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.

“It’s really meeting the needs of those skills they’re going to need when they get out in the workforce.”

The school will be a PreK through 5th grade facility which allows Suncrest’s 4th and 5th grade classes to be taken back from North Elementary School.

Dr. Frank Devono, Monongalia County Schools Superintendent, said local and state support makes new construction possible.

“Through the bond which allowed us to build a lot of our schools. As we move forward with some of the growth money that we’ve been able to recapture into the county because of the growth of our students and then now the SBA and their support of these last few projects have been very helpful.”

Hines said educators were anxious to get approval for the construction.

“We were hopeful and we thought it was going to be fantastic. Now, it just seems like the hard work is coming so we can see it in action,” she explained.

An 18-month construction period is anticipated. Suncrest Elementary School could open in the 2016-2017 school year.