Jersey Shore Area Elementary Dedication – School is Safe, Secure and Aesthetically Pleasing

Nearly five years in the making, the renovated and expanded Jersey Shore Area Elementary School was dedicated Sunday in a ceremony attended by hundreds of loyal Bulldogs supporters.

“Let me reminisce a little,” said Nola Allison, lead principal, taking the audience back to 1970, about a year after the building was constructed.

She spoke of a family of girls who had lost their father and how their mother got a job in the school cafeteria.

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The Jersey Shore Area Elementary Chorus, directed by Melissa Becker, performs the National Anthem during a dedication ceremony of the newly renovated elementary school Sunday.

Two years later, the region was hit by Tropical Storm Agnes, which caused historic record flooding and homeless victims in need of emergency meals.

The school served as an emergency shelter of sorts, and it was Agnes Cryder who provided many of those meals to homeless and scared flood victims.

Cryder, who was seated in the audience, was acknowledged Sunday by Allison. She received a round of applause.

Everything is new or renovated, according to J. Brian Haines, an architect with Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates. Tours were given of the classrooms, lobby, student drop-off area, library, stage and outside playground, among other facility improvements.

The Jersey Shore Area Elementary Band performed a homage, “Bulldog Fanfare,” an original work composed by the students for the occasion.

A Jersey Shore parent teacher organization member said it was a challenge last year when the building was under construction.

Superintendent Dr. Dorothy Chappel credited the architectural firm and engineers for designing a building to the specifications desired. Chappel described the building as safe, secure and aesthetically pleasing.

Such forward thinking was recognized by school board President Robert Pryor, who quoted Adrienne Craig, district business manager, we’re “not just looking through the windshield but looking down the road.”

“It is the first time in 45 years since any major renovation,” Pryor said.


Source: Williamsport Sun-Gazette

By: Mark Maroney

Date: September 29, 2014