NEW PORT RICHEY — It was move-in day Friday at the rebuilt Schrader Elementary School.
About 80 volunteers — including community members and school district employees — helped Principal Tammy Berryhill and her staff move boxes, assemble furniture, arrange desks and take care of any other needs teachers had as they moved into their new digs.
Members of five Rotary Clubs — Port Richey, New Port Richey, Holiday Seven Springs and Trinity — were among those pitching in, as were school Superintendent Kurt Browning and school board member Cynthia Armstrong.
“It worked out extremely well,” Armstrong said.
For the past year, Schrader Elementary has been the subject of a $12.6 million reconstruction project. Some of that work was still going on Friday.
The 40-year-old school on Little Road mostly was torn down to make way for the new building that has been constructed in its place.
Only a 16-classroom addition that was completed in 2003 remained intact. While construction was taking place this past school year, portable classrooms were moved to the property to house most of the 550 students, their teachers and other staff members.
School starts for students Aug. 18.
“The school is looking great,” Armstrong said. “They are pushing to get everything finished and polished up by the time the students get there.”