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McCoy Elementary unveils new look
McCoy Elementary School unveiled its new look to the public Tuesday night during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the recent renovations.
The $3.3 million project has kept the school under renovation since January 2009. This was the first major renovation project for the school, which was built in 1978.
“Our district is focused on innovative learning and we wanted to improve the quality of our school facility,” said Dawn Rink, principal. “We were able to do that from the support of the community by their support of the bond referendum.”
SHW Group architects came up with the design, while Charter Builders renovated the building, adding seven new classrooms and a science lab. Charter Builders updated the bathrooms, hallways and cafeteria. New carpet was placed in the music room, stage and KIVA, which is an open area used for multiple purposes. A courtyard, new parking lot for staff and blacktop were also added. Visitors will notice new awnings on the front and the south sides of the building.
“It’s very bright,” Rink said. “There’s a productive energy about the school.”
Two new blue brick walls form planters in front of the school. Parent Laurie Fantine came up with the idea of the personalized brick walls, helping with the design, proofing and overseeing of the installation. One wall features bricks from students and graduates; the other is a professional wall for principals and teachers. Personalized bricks were sold in May for $40.
“They’re really neat and they match the building beautifully,” Rink said.
The school board of trustees, Superintendent Dr. Bobby Burns, assistant superintendents, Charter Builders, SHW Group and some former principals were all invited to the ribbon-cutting. Boy Scout Pack 715 lead everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance, after which Rink gave an overview of the renovations and introduced the special guests. School board president Lynn Chaffin, Dr. Burns, McCoy PTA president Sylvia Mazuera and Rink cut the ribbon. The ceremony ended with a rendition of the school song.
“We are just so fortunate because our building is such a wonderful quality, which allows us to be learning-focused and college-ready,” Rink said.