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Nutter Fort Elementary School opened up in 1993 and is one of the largest elementary schools in the state with nearly 1,300 students.

Just 20 years later, the school is already getting a face lift with a new roof, added classroom space, and a renovated cafeteria.

School administrators said the lunchroom is often filled with 200 or more students and lunch lines can cut into the amount of time students have to eat their meal.

An expansion on the cafeteria is expected to add space for close to 100 kids. 

"Depending on what meal we're serving, the line sometimes backs up. It takes them longer to get through the line. This should help us give them space to spread out and get them through the lines faster," said JoDee Decker, Principal of Nutter Fort Intermediate School.

Another big addition to the school is classrooms for preschool-aged students in the Primary side. The school got rid of its preschool space two years ago to accommodate the older children.

"Two years ago, the preschools were dispersed out into collaborations with outside agencies because of space issues. We needed additional space for our kindergarten, first grade and second grade classrooms," said Joann Gilbert, Principal of Nutter Fort Primary School.

The two new classrooms will provide space for 40 children. Gilbert said the space will help prepare the younger kids for the rest of their elementary career.

"I think it's good for them to be in the school setting that they are going to continue through for the next several years. And I think it's nice they can go to school with their siblings, ride the bus. And get into the routines and customs of Nutter Fort Elementary School," Gilbert said.

While this will make mornings easier for some parents, not all preschoolers in the Nutter Fort area will be able to move in.

"We do still have six preschools that are affiliated with Nutter Fort Primary in collaboration with outside agencies," Gilbert said.

Gilbert said there are no current plans to expand the preschool space even more.

The added classroom and cafeteria space cost nearly $800,000.

The school is also getting a new fire alarm system.

All of the interior construction projects should be complete for the students first day of school, August 15.

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