After nearly 17 months of construction, the new Eureka Elementary School
is ready for its first school year.
Principal Lynn White hopes that, when students get their first glimpse of their new educational home, they'll have much the same reaction White and her staff had when they moved in over the summer.
"It's beautiful," White said. "We were in awe and overwhelmed."
The approximately 108,000-square foot project is the first new school building to open in Rockwood School District since Fairway Elementary
in 2004. White said Eureka has more than 400 students enrolled for the upcoming school year, and that population has ample room to grow.
The building, which was constructed through bond issue funds, has the capacity to fit about 650 students.
"We want to thank the Rockwood community for making this school possible," Superintendent Dr. Mark Miles said. "It's going to serve so many students for so many years."
Each grade level has its own area of the school associated with a different color. The kindergarten pod, for example, is decked out in gold while the fifth-grade wing is adorned with purple. White said that was a conscious choice: to have the students identify with one of the school's colors when they start their Eureka Elementary experience and the other when they head off to middle school.
Many of the interior design elements in the school -- such as the large common spaces in each of the grade-level areas -- were the result of brainstorming by the teachers and staff.
love that there are a lot of collaborative spaces for students and innovative, unique learning spaces that we haven’t had
before," White said. "We have extended learning areas within a pod of a grade area where they can join together
for experiments, presentations from community members and things like that. There are just a lot of different ways that we can learn and grow, build, innovate and do what we love to do. It’s going to be really fabulous.”
The Rockwood community will help celebrate the new Eureka Elementary with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 28.
a fresh new learning environment, with all the anticipation from students and
parents for the first day of school," Miles said. "It’s not every day you get to open a brand-new
school. We are so fortunate to have this opportunity to
open the new Eureka Elementary.”