PORT RICHEY — Work is progressing on Schrader Elementary, a school that for the past year has been the beneficiary of a $12.6 million reconstruction project.
Schrader is expected to be ready for students when the 2014-15 academic year begins Aug. 18.
The 40-year-old school on Little Road mostly was torn down to make way for a 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.
The project includes 24 classrooms, a music suite, an art suite, media center, cafeteria, administrative suite and a covered play area.
More school construction, renovations and repairs are planned for the coming year, with $217 million worth of work on tap for 2014-15 throughout the Pasco County school district.
One of those projects is the reconstruction of Sanders Memorial Elementary in Land O’ Lakes, a 60-year-old school that largely was demolished several years ago. The rebuilt Sanders will house a STEAM magnet program when it opens in August 2015. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math.