Students, parents get a look at renovations made to Summer Hill Elementary

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — As teachers are heading back to school, parents of students who will attend Summer Hill Elementary got a look at the newly renovated building Monday.

Contractors have been working for weeks in an effort to get the school prepared for when the pre-K students head back to school next week. 8News received a sneak-peak Friday as crews were painting and putting new tile in some of the classrooms.

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The school was abandoned and closed for three years before Richmond Public Schools relocated 12 pre-K programs in an effort to ease overcrowding from six schools. This gave the school district less than two weeks to get the classrooms ready for the fall.

“This building is going to be transformed into a brand new building. I think when teachers come in on August 29, they are going to be very happy with what they are going to see,” said Tommy Kranz with Richmond Public Schools. “It’s not going to be a finished product as we’ll see here later today — there’s still going to be a task that we are doing.”

The community, as well as parents, attended a tour of the newly-renovated building Monday afternoon, and 8News was there.

“It’s a big improvement, and I think it’s going to be very nice,” said one parent.

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