Barr-Reeve gets ready for renovation project

A 12 million dollar renovation project will help accommodate all grade levels.

Posted: Mar. 19, 2019 6:05 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ind. (WTHI) - Josh Swartzentruber has taught at Barr-Reeve for five years. The Montgomery native teaches students from kindergarten to fifth grade.

Swartzentruber says, "I see about 484 kids a week. So to be able to see every kid, be a part of their lives, see their smiling faces every time they come in. It's just such a blessing to me."

When Swartzentruber teaches kindergarten or first-grade students there can be timing issues. Those students are located on another campus.

Swartzentruber explains, "To get kindergarten or first grade over here. In order to have them in the gym. We have to take a bus back and forth. That just causes a lot of pain as far as time wise and schedule's."

The separation creates a number of issues throughout all areas of the school.

Barr-Reeve elementary principle Dena Lengacher says, "We have to bus the kindergarten and the first grade over for specials. We have times where the counselor is not available at one school because they're at a different school. Our special ed resources are split."

A renovation project will soon solve many of these issues.

Superintendent Travis Madison says, "We're actually going to add about eleven or twelve classrooms. A gym space. Some sports space with restrooms, locker rooms, and all that stuff for the gym. And also be able to house everybody under one roof."

The entire project will cost an estimated twelve million dollars.

Swartzentruber says, "Having everybody under one building would be such a great thing for my department. Because I could see the kids every day. If I have something for them I don't have to, sometimes if they forget something I have to drive all the way back over to the other school in order to give it to them. To have them all over here would just make it easier."

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