It’s been a long wait for the students and staff at Spring Park Elementary but, after two years, students and teachers are back in the classroom today.
The $11-million project opens its doors to students for the first time.
Principal Serge Leduc said staff and students are excited to get back into the new facility.
“Everyone is ecstatic, students first and foremost, but parents as well.”
The school has been closed since January 2011, with students spread out over four schools during the two years.
“It’s been good, a little challenging at times, but with everyone helping each other out, it has turned out well for us.”
Leduc said things will become much easier with the students under one roof.
“We’re looking forward to it, but there are some things we need to adjust to under a new roof. It’s much different than what we were accustomed to before.”
The state-of-the-art facility, which holds close to 400 students between kindergarten and Grade 6, features two project-based learning studios, a much larger gymnasium as well as a top-of-the-line music room.
The school has planned an assembly today
where it will unveil its new mascot.
“The students are really excited for the new mascot. They’ve had the input on it so it will be nice to see.”
Although today will be the first day of school, staff and students are glad to be returning ‘home’, Leduc said.
“It’s been two years since we’ve been under the Spring Park roof, we’re really happy to finally be coming back home.”
There will also be an open house for the public today to tour the school from 5 to 7 p.m.