WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Poca Elementary and Middle School students return after spring break today to new classrooms.
The construction project is part of the 2009 voter-approved bond sale and calls for replacing the 1926 building that housed the middle school with a new building that connects to the elementary school as well as a complete renovation of the existing elementary building.
The elementary and middle schools share a kitchen, but have separate dining and common areas, gymnasiums and classrooms.
Work on the new middle school space was completed in December, and the elementary school moved in temporarily over the winter break while workers renovated the elementary space. The middle school students have remained in their old building until now.
Putnam County Schools Superintendent Chuck Hatfield told school board members Monday night that all of the elementary classes will be back in their building today and that most of the middle school classes will be moved into the new middle school.
Demolition of the 1926 building is scheduled for this summer, and the site will be repurposed for the schools' use.
Hatfield also told the board that the Putnam Career and Technical Center hosted a statewide competition that showcases skills in health services, technology, skilled services and trade. Putnam students won 32 gold medals, eight silver medals and four bronze medals.
The event was a local competition for SkillsUSA, a national competition for career and technical students.
The school board will meet again on April 16 and 29, aberrations from their usual schedule of first and third Mondays. Meetings are at 7 p.m. at the central office in Winfield and are open to the public.