Lakewood Elementary School families were all smiles when they returned to school on Jan. 9, as the campus celebrated its ribbon cutting ceremony for its new renovations.
The school’s completed renovations include:
- More than 30 new classrooms in a new wing
- A new lower-grades playground
- A new library
- Two new computer labs
- A glass sky bridge that connects the two buildings.
“There is a high level of excitement for these new renovations,” Principal Katie Wilke said. “This will increase learning and sense of community at the campus.”
The 2015 interim bridge plan funded the majority of the renovations. Wilke credited the parent-led Lakewood Elementary Expansion Foundation (LEEF) for advocating for the renovations. On its own, LEEF also raised $500,000 from the Lakewood community that is going toward amenities such as furniture.
Phase Two renovations are now underway. The renovations include landscaping, a new teacher parking lot, and the demolition of portables and modular buildings. Meanwhile, improvements funded by the 2015 bond are scheduled to start over the summer.
The $1.6 billion bond program will fund several new schools and a variety of school and facility improvements and programs across the district to meet the needs of student learners.