Owensboro Public School officials along with Sutton leaders and students broke ground on the new Sutton Expansion Project at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at Sutton Elementary School. The project calls for a new athletic/performing arts center (APAC), a new family resource center, a renovated media center and additional classroom space.
“Our students are so excited for this monumental day. At Sutton, our student population is increasing every year. It’s going to be wonderful to have this state-of-the-art space to grow into,” said Danna Johnson, Sutton Principal.
The project cost for Sutton is expected to cost around $5.2 million. The APAC addition will have two classrooms, but will also free up other existing classrooms so that the school could accommodate an additional 100 students. The gymnasium will include seating space and a new stage. The media center will be moved to what has been the gymnasium addition.
“I want to thank our board of education for making this groundbreaking possible. Their approval shows their commitment to providing our students with a world-class education with heavy emphasis in the fine and performing arts,” said Dr. Nick Brake, OPS Superintendent.
The expansion is scheduled for completion before the start of the next school year. RBS Design Group is serving as the architecture firm for the project. Peyronnin Construction will build the expansion. Sutton was built in 1951 and has a current enrollment of 411 students.
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