The newly constructed two-story classroom mini-buildings at Centennial and McLane elementary schools will open their doors for classes on the first day of school, September 5 and be the site of community dedication ceremonies the previous day.
The community is welcome to join students and staff, Superintendent Patrick Murphy, school board members, district staff, and the architect and contractor in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at both schools on Tuesday, September 4.
Centennial Elementary will host its dedication ceremony from 9-10 a.m., with McLane Elementary holding its ribbon-cutting at 5 p.m. Centennial Elementary is located at 2637 45th Ave. S.E., Olympia. McLane Elementary is located at 200 Delphi Road S.W., Olympia.
Guests are welcome to walk through the new classroom buildings following the ribbon cutting ceremonies.
The newly constructed mini-buildings are among five two-story classroom mini-buildings approved by voters as part of the 2016 school bond. Mini-buildings are also located at Pioneer, Hansen and Roosevelt elementary schools.
Each of the mini-buildings has eight classrooms, a music room, a commons/general classroom space for multiple uses, small learning areas between classrooms for small-group teaching and learning, a musical instrument storage area, and an administrative office and storage area. Each building also has a covered walkway connecting it to the main school building at each site, an elevator, two sets of stairs, and student and staff restrooms on each floor.
Exterior finishes and colors are designed to coordinate with the main one-story school buildings on the same campus.