Ringgold to ease overcrowding at Gastonville school

Ringgold to ease overcrowding at Gastonville school

January 24, 2014
Ringgold School Board approved a construction project to replace these mobile classrooms at the district’s elementary school in Gastonville. - Scott Beveridge /Observer-Reporter Order a Print

Ringgold School District will build an addition to an overcrowded elementary school in Gastonville, beginning in the summer.

The $4.5 million project also involves the construction of a kitchen to better serve students at Ringgold Elementary School North, said William Stein Jr., vice president of Ringgold School Board.

“It’s just something that needed to be done due to the increase in the kindergarten class,” Stein said.

Some students attend school in modular classrooms that cost the district nearly $200,000 in April 2012.

The building on Finleyville-Elrama Road became cramped following the permanent 2011 closings of aging elementary schools in Donora and Monongahela. Nearly 560 children attend classes at the Gastonville school.

The board earlier this month authorized its architect to draft bidding documents for the construction project, with further action expected at its Feb. 19 meeting, Stein said.

He said the project is expected to be completed within 18 months, and should not interrupt classes.

The project “falls into” broader plans to construct a new middle school at the high school campus along Route 136 in Carroll Township, Stein said. That project wasput on hold until the state reauthorizes money to help districts construct new schools.

The board, meanwhile, also plans to authorize the demolition of the closed Union Roads United Methodist Church next door to the Gastonville school, Stein said. The district received the church in a donation in April 2012 after the congregation grew too small to survive.

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Duquesne University. Scott spent three weeks in Vietnam in 2004 as a foreign correspondent under an International Center for Journalists fellowship.

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