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On December 11th, 2017, Liberty Elementary School held an open house & ribbon cutting for the newly renovated 1936 WPA gymnasium and classroom additions.  A large crowd was on hand to help celebrate the open house. 

The Casey County Board of Education wanted to keep the 1936 Liberty Elementary gymnasium due to its history.  The architect, Sherman Carter Barnhart worked with the board to design ways to keep the bones of the WPA gymnasium but to update the gym while adding additional classrooms and a maintenance facility. 

The Branscum Team was led by Project Manager Casey Satterly and Superintendent Chris Hudgins.  This was a unique project due to maintaining as much of the original building as possible. The results are astonishing. The 1936 / 2017 Liberty Elementary Gym is a Landmark Project that will withstand the test of time.

Note: The original gym was built in 1936 by the Work Projects Administration (WPA).  The WPA was the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, employing millions of people to carry out public works projects.  They were providing jobs and income to the unemployed during the Great Depression in the United States.  The WPA built traditional infrastructure all over the United States such as roads, bridges, schools, courthouses, hospitals, sidewalks, waterworks, and post-offices, but also constructed museums, swimming pools, parks, community centers, playgrounds, coliseums, markets, fairgrounds, tennis courts, zoos, botanical gardens, auditoriums, waterfronts, city halls, gyms and university unions.  Most of these are still in use today.

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