Ames First New Public School in 60 Years

Edwards Elementary new building was shown to the public for the first time Thursday.

Edwards Elementary new building was shown to the public for the first time Thursday.

AMES-Iowa  Ames opened it’s first new public school building in sixty years. The district has unveiled the completion of first of it’s five building projects with Edwards Elementary. The public was given tours Thursday of the west Ames school building.

The building is part of a $ 55 million dollar bond issue vote in 2012 for 3 new elementary schools, and remodeling two schools. Currently another new school is being built on the Meeker Elementary site, and Mitchell School in south Ames is being remodeled. Next Monday the Ames School Board could approve another new building project for Fellows Elementary, and remodeling of Sawyer Elementary.

Supt. of schools Tim Taylor says the district as detailed plan for construction, while students keep learning in class “so we’re actually building at Meeker, a new Meeker building behind the existing building.” Taylor added,” so that when it is completed.. the kids will move into the new building, the old building will be demolished,”

Taylor says it is interesting having so much construction happening within the district. “There’s a lot of little things that come up you don’t have on a normal day,” he said.  Supt. Taylor said also said it’s exciting, “We knew it would be like this, and we were anxious for this to happen.”

Classes in the new 13 million dollar school start august 14th. Next Monday the Ames school board is scheduled to finalize two more building projects.

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