Coatesville Area School District officials broke ground at the site of the future Rainbow Elementary School.The new school will replace the old Rainbow Elementary School building, which is on the same property on Country Club Road.
The old school was built in 1914 and is located on the south side of Business Route 30. The school district purchased the parcel next to it in 1999.
The new school will be over 113, 000 square feet with four classroom wings, learning labs, a gymnasium, cafeteria with a stage, music and art rooms and a media center.
In April, the district began accepting bids for work on Rainbow Elementary School, which is projected to cost $28 million. All of the work is funded by last year's bond sale.
Construction is scheduled to be finished in the fall of 2009.
To cut costs the school board voted in March to move forward with the school project without the construction company that served as the district's project manager on other recent projects. The district opted to manage the work internally.
The district's new project managers will be Bill Androwick, a project manager working in the buildings and grounds department, and Frank D'Angelo, Coatesville Area's director of facilities.
D'Angelo served as project manager during construction of Kennett Middle School, which was completed in 2002, and before that, he was director of facilities for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
The school has kindergarten to fifth grade students. Currently 602 students are enrolled.