Pataskala Elementary School likely will have two new classrooms by the end of winter break, school officials say.

Pataskala Elementary School likely will have two new classrooms by the end of winter break, school officials say.

Principal Denise Staffilino said space is becoming an issue with the district's continued growth.

"In an effort to provide a regular classroom, we've had to use the music room for classroom space," she said.

Since the music room became a regular classroom, the music teacher has been moving from classroom to classroom for lessons.

On Oct. 29, the Southwest Licking Local school board held a special meeting to read and accept a bid to add two classrooms to the building. Staffilino said the district could renovate the multipurpose room in back of the gymnasium, converting the one large room into two classrooms. After that occurs, the music teacher could get her music room back and the overcrowded at-risk program could be expanded into another classroom.

"My hope is that it will be done before the kids get back from Christmas break," Staffilino said.

District treasurer Richard Jones said the school board Oct. 29 voted to accept a $70,110 bid from Columbus-based Good Home Maintenance Inc., which will have eight weeks to complete the project.

"It should be done by the end of December at the latest," Jones said.

The elementary, which turned 100 in 2008, currently houses students in grades 1-5. School officials have said the existing century-old brick structure has been renovated and different additions have helped keep the building in use. Past renovations kept some of the historical features, including some of the building's large windows.

Crowding has been an ongoing concern for SWL, which recently purchased land and is expected to build a new school building in the next few years.