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Open house at Sierra Vista

As construction nears completion at Sierra Vista Elementary School, the community is encouraged to attend an open house to check out the changes that were made possible by passage of the bond issue in late 2012.

Sierra Vista Elementary School’s open house will be from 6 to 8 p.m. April 9, in conjunction with parent/teacher conferences.

Student leaders will be on hand to lead people on tours and answer questions.

“It’s an amazing addition, and we’re so glad we were able to get the bond issue passed,” said Sierra Vista Elementary School Principal Jeff Chamberlain.

“That’s why we want the community to see it – they’re the ones that passed the bond issue. Thank you!”

The construction at the elementary school brought the school into ADA compliance, both indoors and through a remodel/reworking of the playground area. Chamberlain said the playground will be nearly completed by the open house, and the addition – which includes seven new classrooms – is done.

The classroom addition at the school will move all the teachers and students (fourth grade) who have been in the “unsightly” modular buildings outside back into the main building.

Another of the new classrooms is earmarked for the ESS students, as it includes ADA-compliant restrooms and facilities. Another classroom is a new, state of the art computer lab with new computers.

Chamberlain said discussions are in the works to decide which other two classes will occupy the final two new rooms.

During the open house, Sierra Vista’s student council members will be available to lead people through the addition, and a group of students from Pueblo West High School will also be there to answer questions and help.

The students will be briefed so they can answer questions about the construction, Chamberlain said.

“I know construction hasn’t been easy for anybody, all the big trucks, dust, lights, noise – and everyone has been just great,” he said.

“That’s why we want to get people out to see what we’ve accomplished. It adds to the school and is a beautiful addition.”

Chamberlain thanked Whitlock, Inc., for doing a great job on the construction project.

Anyone interested is encouraged to come tour the school on April 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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