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Blue Ridge Elementary School Celebrates Recent Renovations

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Faculty, parents and students gathered Tuesday evening at Blue Ridge Elementary School to celebrate the school’s recently completed $1.2 million renovation project.

The renovation is one of the largest projects completed in the district this year, Columbia Public Schools spokesperson Michelle Baumstark said in an email. It was paid for with district capital project funds.

The school was established over 50 years ago, in 1966. The project gave it an extensive makeover, including security updates, asbestos abatement, fresh paint and new doors, flooring, ceilings, cabinets, shades and whiteboards.

Blue Ridge Principal Mark Burlison said security updates include a new security system and new doors. A vestibule, which is a small room at the front of the school around the entrance, has also been added, creating a single point of entry.

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