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From LC School District
Renovations Under Way at Crestview Heights School
Students and staff at Crestview Heights School have been watching the construction of a brand new high school right outside their classroom windows for the past year. Now, they are seeing construction inside their own building, as classes are relocated, interiors demolished, and renovations begin.
“We are so excited to see work begin inside our school. From the initial planning stages, we knew that some of our space would be used as shared facilities between the new high school and our school,” says Crestview Heights School Principal Kelly Beaudry.
“The plans have changed a bit since the first discussions, and I am extremely pleased with what is happening,” she continued. “This is a great opportunity for us. We will have a shared wing, with shared staff and shared programs. This cost-effective move will benefit our students and staff immensely.”
Crestview Heights School opened in 1997 and serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The footprint of the 72,480-square foot building is in the shape of an X. The new high school is in the shape of a V, with the two corners nearly reaching the elementary/middle school. The space between the two schools will be a common courtyard.
When Crestview renovations are completed, its southwest wing will be home to:
* Foreign Language classroom
* Multipurpose classroom for Art and Family/Consumer Studies (home economics)
* Band/Music room for grades K-12
* Two computer labs for grades K-8
* Library/media room that is doubled in size for grades K-8
* Expanded Title/Reading classroom for grades K-8
The middle school classes and most elementary classes will swap locations, with grades 5-8 closest to the new high school in the southeast wing, and grades K-4 in the northwest wing.
Shuffling of some of the classes already has begun. A science/math teacher has been moved from the middle school wing to a room at the far southeast corner of the elementary wing; the elementary teacher who had been in that room has been relocated to the northwest wing. The former science/math classroom will be the new art and family/consumer studies classroom.
Two other middle school classes – language arts and social studies – have been relocated across the hall; their former space will be used for the new music room, computer lab and expanded library area. Beaudry explains that the expanded library will have grades K-4 fiction titles on one end, grades 5-8 fiction titles on the west end, and grades K-8 non-fiction titles in the center. LCSD media specialist Doug Hoffman is helping to design the renovated space to suit the differing needs of the younger and older children.
The student store will be relocated from the southwest wing to the main lobby for more convenient access by students and parents. No other classroom moves are anticipated this school year.