The Montesorri School of Central Vermont (MSCVT) will host an open house on Saturday, October 29th from 1-4 p.m. at 84 Pine Hill Road in Barre to celebrate the opening of its new school. MSCVT acquired the former Knights of Columbus building and 10-acre property in January, commenced renovations at the end of April, and began the school year on September 6th at the new location (formerly located on Rte. 2 in Berlin).
“We are very pleased to acquire a building that was well suited for our programs,” says Kristen Martin, the Head of the School. “The design and layout accommodates the staff and children exceedingly well, and provides enough space for additional enrollment. We would like community members to see this beautiful environment and the changes that have been made to the building,” she adds.
MSCVT is a 5 StAR, prequalified, licensed program and recognized as an Independent School. Its programs serve children ages 15 months to age 12. Montessori environments are mixed age classrooms based upon an educational theory developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian teacher and physician. Montessori programs inspire children through special direction, educational materials, and the natural world, fostering lifelong creativity and a passion for independence and learning.
The renovations were funded by grants and loans from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development and the Vermont Community Development Program and includes totally new electrical, mechanical, fire suppression, security and telecommunications systems. Additionally, an elevator and a wood fired pellet boiler were installed, energy efficient windows were added around all sides of the building, and the thermal envelope was upgraded with additional insulation. The facility is also fully compliant with accessibility standards. “We would not have been able to finish this project on time without the cooperation of federal and State agency employees, the efforts of the construction crews, and a very dedicated staff. We are also appreciative of the support we have received from the Town of Barre,” says Martin.
MSCVT currently serves approximately 60 children in the region, and the new facility is licensed to an enrollment of up to 100. For more information on the Montessori School of Central Vermont and their programs, for toddlers through elementary, please contact Kristen Martin or Lana Bodach-Turner (firstname.lastname@example.org, 802.479.0912) or visit www.mscvt.org.