WCSD changes coming; Series starts Monday

Editor’s Note: Beginning Monday, the Times Observer will publish a series of stories looking at specific changes to a number of schools in the county and what students can expect to find when they arrive on the first day of school, Sept. 4.

The start of the school year means many changes for students, parents, teachers, and staff.

This year, Warren County School District will feature more than the usual back-to-school changes.

In the eastern attendance area, Sheffield Elementary School will be closed. All students in grades kindergarten through fifth will attend Allegheny Valley Elementary School.

A major building project at Sheffield High School has begun and will turn that facility into a K-12 education center. The project is slated for completion in time for the 2014-2015 school year.

In the northern attendance area, the project to turn Eisenhower High School into the district’s other new K-12 center is under way. That work will eventually result in the closure of Sugar Grove Elementary School and the repurposing of Russell Elementary School.

In the central attendance area, South Street Early Learning Center is closed, Warren Area Elementary Center absorbs those kindergarten and first-grade students and sends sixth graders back to Beaty-Warren Middle School, which is wrapping up a major renovation project.

The western attendance area now houses does not have a renovation project, but there will be changes for the coming year. Youngsville Elementary Middle School will host some of the district’s most intensive special education services.

Youngsville High School went through a thorough cleaning over the summer and will feature some new electronics. Vandalism at the school left a layer of corrosive dust from fire extinguishers over much of the building’s surfaces. That dust has been removed and electronics cleaned and evaluated.

The district office features a few changes, too. At the top of the district’s hierarchy is new Superintendent Dr. William Clark. Ruth Nelson is the interim director of pupil support services.