The Daily Star — The Oneonta Nursery School has completed renovations to its classroom spaces following last year’s flooding.
Located within the First United (Red Door) Presbyterian Church on Walling Avenue in Oneonta, the school’s primary classroom spaces filled with approximately nine inches of water during the fall hurricane storms, according to a media release. The classrooms were relocated within the church for the balance of the 2011-12 school year. Repairs and improvements to the nursery school program space have been completed in time for the upcoming school year.
“The rooms look great,” teacher Susan Ryder said in the release. “I think they are actually an improvement over how they were before.”
Wall-to-wall carpeting was removed from the rooms in favor of linoleum tile and area rugs. The rooms are decorated in a pale yellow and blue, with new white wainscoting on the lower portion of the walls.
Teacher Alana Smith said the improvements would help staff keep the spaces clean and free of allergens.
The nursery school, which provides programming primarily for 3- and 4-year-olds, was established in Oneonta in the 1950s, beginning as a cooperative of mothers looking to socialize their preschool-age children. The school operates as a nonprofit, offering a nondenominational preschool education. It is supervised by a volunteer board of directors, many of whom are current and former parents.
“We are happy that the work has been completed,” the Rev. Cynthia Walton-Leavitt, pastor of the First United Presbyterian Church, said in the release. “Having the children here throughout the week has really breathed life into the building and we are delighted to offer the school a home here.”
The school is still accepting students for the coming year and the public is invited to tour the space during an open house scheduled for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29. For more information, call 434-6073 or visit at www.oneontanurseryschool.org.