Fall break was anything but typical for kindergarten and fifth-grade teachers at John Ross Elementary. Instead of enjoying their days off, they moved into their new classrooms.

 “There are seven new classrooms at the school, but we did a larger shuffle so overall there were a total of 22 teachers that moved over fall break,” said John Ross Principal Christa Ellis.

 The new classroom shelter addition is one of four bond-funded shelter projects completed in the district since last May. The others are a new third-grade classroom shelter addition at Frontier and new media center shelters at Sunset Elementary and Orvis Risner Elementary.

“Our new media center is a warm, welcoming place that encourages young readers to explore, learn and grow. And, I have peace of mind knowing that if necessary, it can safely shelter every student and adult on campus during severe weather,” said Orvis Risner Principal Penny Gooch.

Construction also continues on several other shelter projects in the district. Shelters expected to be completed before the start of next school year include:

  • SFHS Classroom Addition-Dec. 2017
  • Ida Freeman Media Center/Shelter-Summer 2017
  • EMHS Band Room/Shelter-Summer 2017

The shelters are being funded by bond funds from the 2015 & 2017 bond issues, each of which was passed by more than 80 percent of voters.