Like Winfield Middle, the remaining work at Winfield Elementary is expected to be finished by August 2014. The renovations, which Hodges said were extensive, include 14 new classrooms, a media center, a computer lab and administrative offices.
"It's been a face-lift on the outside of the building as well as the interior," said Winfield Elementary Principal Tammy Dill. "Our cafeteria has been enlarged, our kitchen has been enlarged. The renovations are absolutely beautiful and should enhance the learning environment and functionality of the school for the children."
The elementary school's improvements cost roughly $9 million; $6.2 million of the funding came from the SBA and the rest by way of normal county money, Hodges said.
Through bond funding, Putnam County Schools also has constructed the new Confidence Elementary School and Buffalo High School, and has built a 3,800-square-foot gymnasium for Winfield Elementary, as well as auxiliary gymnasiums for its three other high schools. Hatfield said the school system was able to stretch the bond funding to include the construction of locker rooms for each new gym.
Hatfield said the decision on which schools to replace and renovate was based on the county's Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan, which the school board reviews every 10 years.
"It's a living, breathing document we work from, and it's based on what we feel are our greatest needs, regardless of where they are -- whether they're in Hurricane, Buffalo, Winfield or Poca," he said. "It's truly based on the need we see."
Each school in the county also receives extensive summer renovations, and schools are cycled through a schedule to be painted, retiled and improved periodically, Hatfield said.
"With the completion of these projects, Putnam County will have some of the best facilities in the state," Hodges said.
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