Students and staff at Grant Elementary School officially opened a new media center and library on Sept. 30. The ribbon-cutting event also included singing the school song, a presentation by the school’s first media specialists, and comments from Dr. Dave Benson, Superintendent.
The library renovation project – completed during the summer months - involved converting an exterior courtyard to a media center/library and 30-station computer lab, and remodeling the former library into classroom space. The courtyard area had once served as a playground for earlier learning students but had been largely unused in recent years.
“The increasing enrollment at Grant put the school district in a position to either bring in another portable classroom or renovate portions of the building,” noted Rob Kleinsmith, Manager of Buildings and Grounds. “The new IMC is also more in line with today standards for school libraries and will provide students the opportunity to use technology.”
The $750,000 project was funded by the school infrastructure local option tax (SILO) and was possible when costs for SILO-funded projects at Jefferson and Washington high schools were lower than originally projected. The Grant project also included improvements to the ceiling, lighting and air conditioning in the school cafeteria.
Some 400 students attend the K-5 elementary school.