Dedication ceremony set for middle school

The Williamsport Area Middle School has announced plans to hold a dedication ceremony for its recently opened Williamsport Area Middle School, 2800 W. Fourth St., at 2 p.m. Nov. 10 in the school’s cafetorium.

The ceremony will feature remarks from Dr. Don Adams, district superintendent; Brandon Pardoe, middle school principal; and Dr. Kathleen Kelley, former district superintendent. After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, building tours will be available for the public. The event also will feature performances by the middle school’s band, choir and orchestra.

A student mural also will be unveiled during the ceremony.

The new middle school building opened on the site of the former Roosevelt Middle School, which was closed following the 2009-10 school year. The middle school opened for its first school year in August.

To be able to handle the district’s nearly 850 seventh- and eighth-grade students, workers renovated just under 60,000 square feet and added on 101,880 square feet to the building.

The closing of Roosevelt and renovation of the building was part of the district’s grade reconfiguration process. The district closed two elementary schools as part of the process. The district now has four primary schools, kindergarten through third grades; two intermediate schools, fourth through sixth grades; one middle school, seventh and eighth grades; and one high school, ninth through 12th grades.