Renovations wrapping up at Roosevelt

Middle school renovations are going down to the wire but not expected to prevent Williamsport Area School District’s seventh and eighth grade students from reporting to classes there in a little over two weeks.

“We are very optimistic,” said middle school principal Brandon Pardoe. “We really think school is to open on time.”

Earlier this week, officials reported that work at Roosevelt Middle was about 75 percent complete.

Pardoe said Friday that classroom furniture is getting moved into the building with the goal of having teachers ready to prepare for the school year.

“It’s been three years in the planning,” he said. “It’s exciting to allow students to explore, discover, and learn in a safe, vibrant environment that has been customized for 21st century learning.”

The district’s approximately 840 middle school students will now be located in one building which will provide considerably more space for learning.

Among the features of the $30 million project are new green initiatives, including a rooftop garden to help with energy efficiency and 175 geothermal wells to help heat and cool the school.

Other improvements include new science and art labs and a fitness center.

“We are excited not only about our facility here, but that we are in close proximity with the high school so we can share resources for future planning,” Pardoe said.

The first day of school is Aug. 26.