Crim gets fresh facelift PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 31 January 2013 11:27
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Crim school secretary Nancy Green works the front desk office where students and vistitors enter. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bowling Green’s Crim Elementary has completed a $4.9 million addition and facelift.
The project included 11 additional classrooms, a brand new entrance and office space, cafeteria and other features.
“The entrance alone has really improved things,” said Crim Elementary Principal Melanie Garbig during a recent tour of the new school.
Not only does the entrance give Crim a strong identity for students, staffs and visitors to enter, it also adds another layer of security.
“The new entrance gives us a direct view of who is coming and going,” Garbig said.
The 11 new classrooms have allowed 75 pre-kindergarten students to move from the Jordan Center to Crim. They made the transition at the start of classes in January.
The new classrooms will also be able to absorb additional students when Ridge Elementary closes and the BG schools go through redistricting.
The addition also allowed for separate art and music rooms. 
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Head Cook for Crim schools, Carole Fitzwater, works in new kitchen.
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Pre School teacher Jammie Vollmar inside new classroom at Crim Elementary.
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New cafeteria at Crim Elementary.
“We have an awesome art teacher. It’s great to have this space for her,” Garbig said.
The old kitchen has been remodeled and is now home to the music room, stocked full of instruments, plenty of space and white boards.
So, what’s the best part about the school upgrade?
“Our pride and joy is probably the cafeteria,” Garbig said. “The kids, they are loving this,” she said. “They can sit here around these round tables and they socialize.”
Off the cafeteria is a brand new kitchen and additional restrooms.
And formerly cramped office space is no more.
There is now an office for a school counselor, nurse/clinic, school psychologist and a conference area.
Logistics, too, have been improved with a separate loop for bus drop-off/pick-up and another area for vehicles.
The old wings at Crim were refurbished as part of the project.
Rooms, doors and hallways all received a much-needed paint job.
The former office in the old wing has been changed into a teacher’s lounge and the entire building has received a new heating/cooling system.
“We are the only elementary now that is air-conditioned,” Garbig said.
The $4.9 million price tag for the project included construction, architect fees, furnishings, asbestos abatement, additional painting and other fees, said BG schools Treasurer Rhonda Melchi.
The project was paid for with money set aside for permanent improvement, Melchi said. Neither general operating fund money nor levies were used to finance the project.
The project was completed in two phases. The first phase was completed before school started and the second at the end of November.
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 January 2013 11:59
 

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