Union City celebrates $1 million renovation completion
By Traci Chapman
Voters who believe in education and children’s futures are the reason why Union City is celebrating the completion of a million dollar elementary school renovation project, Superintendent Todd Carel says.
“We have the best people here, people who recognized that our students needed new facilities in order to move forward,” Carel said last week. “They showed us how much they have invested in what we are all doing.”
That investment came in April 2012, when more than 83 percent of voters approved the $1 million bond proposal. The funds were slated for the remodel of the district’s elementary building, built in 1937, as well as a new softball field. Major construction on the project recently wrapped up, although an area that is expected to be used as a practice gym is still unfinished, Carel said.
“That’s what we’re planning on doing at this point – we have the room and we think that would be a good use of the space,” he said.
The renovated space includes a new computer lab and updated classrooms and restrooms, as well as a work room for teachers – something they never had, the superintendent said. The school also now has a secure entryway and features the district’s blue and white school colors. The district’s administrative area was also moved to the elementary building, with new offices for Carel and his staff. A conference room that would be used for school board meetings and other gatherings rounded out the building’s features, Carel said.
“Our teachers are as excited about this as our students,” he said. “Now they have enough room and a light and expansive space to work with.”
Union City’s Elementary is located at 105 W. Division St. The school’s open house is set for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.