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Red Cross Elementary Addition Underway

Barren County Schools District breaks ground for Red Cross Elementary addition

Posted: Thursday, December 10, 2015 11:58 pm
BY GINA KINSLOW gkinslow@glasgowdailytimes.com
GLASGOW — A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday afternoon on the campus of Red Cross Elementary to commemorate the addition of six classrooms prior to a special-called meeting of the Barren County Board of Education.
The new classrooms will mean doing away with mobile units the school has utilized for about 12 years, and moving all RCE students inside so that they attend school under the same roof.
Following the groundbreaking ceremony, Bo Matthews, superintendent of Barren County Schools, addressed those who had turned out for the school board meeting about the construction project.
“Mobile classrooms were never intended to be a permanent situation for our students in the Barren County School System,” he said. “We’ve made do. We’ve made the best of it here at Red Cross Elementary, but better days are here now.”
Construction of RCE was completed in 1999, and the mobile units were added in 2003 due to an increasing student population.
The school system constructed its seventh elementary school, North Jackson Elementary, in 2009, but the new school did little to ease the increase in student population at RCE.
RCE has a current student population of 706 students in grades preschool through the sixth grade.
“It’s like water in a bucket,” Matthews said. “Drops get taken out and they quickly are replaced.”
Randy Simmons, school board member, said he is excited that the school system will be constructing new classrooms and doing away with the mobile units.

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