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Construction continues on GCCS schools as beginning of school year approaches

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Many students will see a much different campus when they return to Greater Clark County schools next week. 

Building blocks entertained 3-year-old Luke Etheridge on Monday while his mom Erin set up for her next wave of 1st graders at Pleasant Ridge Elementary. 

The teacher said the mere fact that her son was on the floor is an example of the school's summer renovations. "It smelled clean in here. That old carpet was kind of gross," Erin Etheridge said. 

Pleasant Ridge Elementary School Principal Sara Porter explained it's because, "We have all new floors throughout the building, the cafeteria as well as all the classrooms."

Pleasant Ridge joins Jonathan Jennings, Bridgeport and Utica Elementary on Greater Clark County school's summer construction list. Most of the work includes new flooring, heating and air conditioning and roof repairs.

The upgrades have been greatly scaled back from the more than $100 million in district improvements voters rejected last fall. 

And as far as what's left, a slow bidding process and short summer didn't leave enough time to complete all of the work.

It will be most noticeable at Parkwood Elementary. The district is building new walls, a new wing and four new classrooms to help make the most of the school's space. 

"It may be an inconvenience where we have to relocate a classroom here or there but as far as a distraction we know learning is a number one priority and we will work around them, not they work around us," said Dr. Travis Haire, Deputy Superintendent of Greater Clark County Schools. 

Back at Pleasant Ridge, teacher Erin Etheridge will be grateful when the roof has been completely repaired. 

"It's like we live in an old log house," Etheridge said. "There's trash cans around the building catching rain water, so that will be nice, to have a new roof."

The school flooring is expected to be done by the first day. 

Students head back to class in Greater Clark County school on Thursday, July 28. 

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