Monday, October 17, 2011
Contractors finished the project ahead of schedule, which allowed Isely Traditional Magnet staff and students to move into their new building two months early.
"We've come a long way from chalk boards, so it's very exciting," said fifth-grade teacher, Darcie Rudd.
Every classroom has a Smart Board where students can engage and interact with the material.
"In 30 years of teaching, I've not had the pleasure of teaching in a building like this, so it will be a learning experience but a very, very good one. We're very excited about it," said Rudd.
The school year may be a quarter of the year complete but students and staff at Isely were glad to have another first day of school in a brand new building.
"We've been waiting a long, long time to get here. At one point we thought the school would open up over the summer. It was delayed, so staff, as well as kids, have been itching to get in. It's so exciting this morning to finally be here," said Janet Walker, principal.
The new building helped raise two main concerns. The old building had a cafeteria that was utilized as a gym, which Walker said disrupted some of the flow. Now, there are two separate spaces for the cafeteria and the new FEMA storm shelter gym. The concern was the small classroom sized library.
"It wasn't really very functional as a library, so this is exciting because they do have the space to do what you want to do in a library," said Sheri Roberts, USD 259 library support staff.
Two hundred students moved to the new building that can hold up to 450 students.
"They're absolutely thrilled. The fifth graders are a little sad that they aren't going to be here but for a year. The other kids are very excited and they are too," said Rudd.
The new building was built adjacent to the old building, which was built in 1949. The old building will be demolished at the beginning of November and will become the location of the new playground.