Bright colors fill the hallways of the Spring Hill School District’s newest elementary, Wolf Creek.
“It’s a very joyous place,” school principal Michelle Toon told more than 150 patrons, teachers, and dignitaries gathered to dedicate the newly-minted school building on June 24.
Lightening, the school’s Wrangler mascot, was on hand to cut the ribbon officially opening the building to the public. He was joined by school board members.
Superintendent Bart Goering said the building is evidence of the support the Spring Hill community gives to education.
“Spring Hill has done so much for the kids in this community,” Goering said.
Voters passed a $39 million bond issue in 2011 to finance the building. In addition to the new school, the bond issue included funds for district maintenance needs and energy efficiency equipment, technology enhancements that improved wireless access and upgraded equipment, and the expansion of Prairie Creek Elementary School. PCES’ capacity jumped to 528. Wolf Creek can also house up to 528 students, though officials anticipate a little more than 400 students in Wolf Creek’s first year of operation.
Spring Hill Mayor Steve Ellis said the school building represents the future.
“If we have any hope as a society… it will be through public education,” Ellis said. “This building represents so much more than brick and mortar.”
Sen. Pat Apple, who represents the 37th district which includes Spring Hill, said the community is fortunate to be experiencing growth. Of Kansas’ 104 counties, almost 70 lost population in the last U.S. Census, Apple said.
It’s amazing that this building will be used to prepare the class of 2026 for the future starting next school year, Apple told the crowd.
Next year’s theme for the school will be “Oh! The Places You’ll Go,” a book by Dr. Seuss, Toon said before inviting a parking lot full of standing patrons into the building for self-guided tours.
“We’re looking forward to providing a wonderful learning environment here… You’re off to great places, off and away,” she quoted from the children’s story.