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Elementary to start year with ballistic-resistant windows

Work to renovate the Crafton Elementary School has been completed in time for the launch of the 2023-24 school year.

The renovations were budgeted at $96,479 and approved by school directors last year during the July 12, 2022 meeting. Windows throughout the elementary were replaced with more efficient ones, reducing the cost of heating and air conditioning. The brickwork and mortar were also upgraded on the building’s exterior.

The new windows throughout will allow for more natural light to be let into classrooms allowing for “better instructional space,” said Superintendent John Kreider.

Additionally, the glass on the first floor is ballistic resistant.

Used as a physical barrier system, bulletproof or ballistic-resistant glass is made of transparent materials designed to resist penetration by bullets. Oftentimes this type of glass is made of acrylics, polycarbonate, actual glass, or laminated layers of all three.


A district-wide back-to-school celebration will be held Friday, Aug. 18 at Honus Wagner Stadium. The Carlynton Marching Band will perform with their new uniforms. The school’s cheerleaders and athletic teams will also be present and will participate in some “fun competitions,” Kreider said.

There will also be booths around the stadium area where questions related to technology, the “Chill Room” or anything else a parent/guardian may need to know can be answered.

This story was compiled by Sam Bigham.


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