Rineyville's Three Rs: Renovation, Rebuilding and almost Ready

The News Enterprise

August 11, 2008

RINEYVILLE — Rineyville is on the rebound.

The area's elementary school is heading into the home stretch after two years of construction and renovation. The scheduled completion date is Aug. 27.

Library media specialist Pam Johns prepares Monday for the first day of book check-out at the new library in Rineyville Elementary School.

Landscaping around the building and the gym are the two main components not completed. Work on both continued Monday.

While students and staff never went without a school during the two-year project, they did make due with many makeshift accommodations including a library, a cafeteria and administration area.

The cafeteria opened last year after the first phase of construction was complete. The library, administration area and a computer lab opened this school year, Principal Billy Coffey said.

Pam Johns is library media specialist at the school. Before the project, the library was housed in a concrete block building behind the school, which was completely disconnected from the building at one time. Now the library is similar to John Hardin High School's, with a second-floor loft that overlooks the library below, and a spiral staircase connecting the levels.

One side of the library has a series of large windows, which follows the natural lighting trend found throughout the school. Johns first saw the almost-finished building shortly before the start of school.

"At first, it was just like 'whoa,' it was a little bit overwhelming," she said.

Last year, the library operated in a classroom. Johns said it worked out better than she anticipated, but there wasn't a lot of space for class activities.

"Faculty meetings were a little tight," Coffey said.

A few other teachers had to move as well, since the administration area was in a classroom and the resource rooms were in a newly built portion.

Along with the library windows, open walkways above the cafeteria, an outdoor courtyard in the center of the building and wide hallways all help give the building an open and airy feel, Coffey said.

"The light in this school is just unreal," he said.

There will be an open house Sept. 28 for the public to see the school.

The building is probably 98 percent complete, Coffey said.

"I have to pinch myself sometimes," he said.

Kelly Richardson can be reached at (270) 505-1747, or at krichardson@thenewsenterprise.com.

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