Greenwood moving forward with Southwest expansion

Plans to open at least three new classrooms and add a new, technology-based library to a Greenwood elementary school have been approved, and work could start this spring.

The goal of the $1.9 million project is to make more room for a growing number of kindergarten, first- and third-grade students and reduce the number of students in each classroom so teachers can provide more one-on-one instruction.

But if the money is there, Southwest Principal Beth Guilfoy also wants to move the offices for the school’s counselors, nurse and student service advisers to a newly expanded front office. That would open up even more space in the building. And if Southwest can add a larger gym, then all of the school’s 520 students would be able to gather for assemblies.

“We love having the high numbers that we have. We love our kids, and fortunately we have enough staff members to support them. We just need more space,” Guilfoy said.

Greenwood’s school board began considering renovating Southwest in October after Superintendent David Edds presented an early set of plans that converted the library into classrooms and added a media center to the school. The upgrades would allow officials to cut class sizes from 28 students to 25, Edds and Guilfoy said.

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