While most kids have been away from their schools for about three months for summer vacation, Chestnut Hill Elementary students have been out of the building for three years.
The Liverpool Central School District gave NewsChannel 9 a sneak peek of the renovations ahead of the first day of school which is set for Thursday, Sept. 6.
The key to the new look is color. LCSD Superintendent Mark Potter says visitors won’t find a corner of the new chestnut hill elementary without a new hue.
“We’ve changed to a little bit of a different philosophy that we really wanted to accent the building and classrooms with colors, so the rugs are colorful, the walls are colorful, the furniture is colorful,” Potter explained. “Really, for the purposes for engaging students and staff in a new learning environment.”
Potter and Chestnut Hill Elementary Principal Todd Bourcy say teachers were closely tied to classroom design — choosing new desks, chairs and other details.
Plus, new quick locks secure each room from the inside.
Next to color, Potter says LED lighting throughout the school will impact learning in a positive way.
Students will climb, run and play in the gym that has a new basketball court, climbing wall and scoreboard. Both the gym and cafeteria have large media screens for videos and learning opportunities.
For the past three years, students and staff have been out of the building and holding classes in the former Wetzel Road Elementary. Some first, second and third graders will return to CHE as fourth, fifth and sixth graders — making it an extra special first day of school.
“We’ll introduce them back to the building. Let them wander around, find their locker,” Potter shared. “They’ll probably, if they were here previously, they’ll go to the classroom they were in before and probably won’t recognize it. I think there’s going to be a lot of excitement.”
The excitement will kick off with a 1:45 p.m. ribbon cutting on Wednesday at CHE. Families and alumni, both students and teachers, are invited to attend.
All LCSD students will start school the following day — Thursday, Sept. 6.