9/23/2020 4:30:00 PM Mt. Lake Public opens year with remodeled building, in hybrid model
For the first time in six months, something is being heard in the halls of Mt. Lake Public School that staff and administration have been eagerly awaiting to hear - the unmistakable sounds of shuffling feet, school bells and chattering voices.
Well, those chattering voices are now slightly muffled with masks required to be worn during the school day by students and staff. But that's just fine with staff. They're seeing students again and they're returning to classroom instruction.
But it's a different-looking classroom in 2020-21 and Mt. Lake Elementary Principal Kristie Rolling says her teachers have worked hard to make the start of the school year safe, but productive for incoming students.
"There have been so many procedural changes, but I've had a great team to work with that met over the summer," Rolling says. "We were able to refigure our schedules and procedures. The teachers have been so supportive and working very hard. We've also had the building project, so teachers had to wait to get into their classrooms. They've been troupers."
Her sentiments could be echoed throughout administration. All that off-season work, of course, means that things are not looking quite the same as they did when students and teachers began distance learning in April.
For starters, students arrived at school to entirely new spaces and new installations. From a new sprinkling system, to new windows, to a new flexible learning area, to new science classrooms, there has been plenty for students to see.
Indeed, Mt. Lake Public School's $13 million construction project was completed just in time for the start of the new school year. The remodeling included demolition of the school's oldest section and reconstruction that has included the FLA, new science classrooms, a new fitness room and six new identical family and consumer science kitchens.
For much more on this story, see the article in the Sept. 23 issue of the Cottonwood County Citizen on newsstands today.