CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – At Monday’s special education council meeting at Piedmont Elementary School, their principal, Ashley James, told council members about their plans for a new playground.
âEveryone knows Celebration Station, everyone who lives in Charleston, but it needs to be improved,â she said.
James said the students alone raised over $ 6,000 “bringing pennies and dollars”.
The city of Charleston and Charleston Rotary have also raised nearly half a million dollars for the playground, James said.
All this with the aim of making this playground safer for students but also accessible to the community.
James described a recent incident where a homeless man slept on the bench during school hours.
She says there will be a playground for students only during school hours.
âThere are going to be two structures; there will be a basketball court in the middle of the structure, so there will be a defined line between the two, and we will also have quite a bit of court and green space.
The open plan 60s layout inside Piedmont Elementary also doesn’t work.
As the school benefits from HVAC improvements, staff say now is the perfect time to install walls and doors as well.
âNow we know that there are so many distractions for the students that it can be very difficult to stay focused, not only with the other small group learning going on, but also with what we hear from the children arriving. in the hallway, kids coming in from the next class is over and at the same time as we are doing these HVAC upgrades we are asking that we install doors and walls, âsaid Sarah Brien, President of PTO.
According to James, the open layout didn’t help her recruit teachers.
And in the days of COVID, separate spaces with their own ventilation are the safest way for everyone.
The council gave the green light to staff to get an estimate of the cost of the doors and walls.
James says she hopes Piedmont’s new playground will be ready in the spring.