Prairie Creek students and staff members donned hardhats and used shovels to celebrate the groundbreaking for the school’s upcoming expansion. The work will expand the school to a capacity of 528 students in the fall of 2012 as part of a $39 million bond issue that was approved by voters last summer for maintenance, school additions, new facilities and technology upgrades. Staff photo by Mark Taylor

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Prairie Creek students and staff celebrated the upcoming expansion of their school with a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 17.
Students filed out of the building wearing yellow hardhats and carrying white plastic shovels to mark the occasion.
“What a great school district we have because of all of you,” Superintendent Barton Goering told the gathering, which included school and city officals and supporters of the recent $39 million bond issue that will pay for the expansion and several other projects.
“These are your schools. None of this would be possible without your support.”
After reciting the Pledge of Allegience and the Prairie Creek Character Pledge, students were given the cue to start turning dirt.
They enthusiastically dug their shovels into the ground.
“That’s enough digging,” Goering said with a laugh. “I think we are about ready to get those footings poured.”
Prairie Creek will be expanded to a capacity of 528 students in the fall of 2012 as part of the bond issue that was approved by voters last summer for maintenance, school additions, new facilities and technology upgrades.
The work includes the addition of 19,944 square feet of new space and 7,541 square feet of remodeled space to the existing 52,000 square foot facility.
The work will mirror existing Prairie Creek classroom space and expand the school to four classrooms per grade level in K-5.
The school currently has three, four-classroom grade level pods at the front of the building.
Proposed are three additional, four-classroom pods at the back of the building, including storage, restrooms and discovery areas.
The plans also include
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remodeling work on the teacher’s lounge, additional seating for the gymnasium, and a portable thrust stage for the auditorium.
Closed circuit television monitoring is proposed for the vestibule in the school’s front main entrance.
Twenty additional parking spaces are also included.
Work on the school is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2012-13 school year.
Other bond issue projects include:
• A new 528-student elementary school expected to be completed in the fall of 2013.
• Transforming Spring Hill Elementary into a pre-kindergarten to fifth grade facility in the fall of 2013.
• Converting the current intermediate school into a sixth grade building by fall of 2013.
• Safety enhancements in all schools, district-wide technology upgrades and various maintenance projects.
School officials have said the bond issue will not result in a mill levy increase because of long-range planning, a 61 percent increase in assessed valuation over the past 10 years, and state aid that will cover 45 cents of every dollar spent.