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Three Rivers Consolidates Entire District Into One Building
The Three Rivers School District will start the school year with all 2,000 students going to class in a new $63-million dollar building.
They call it the Three Rivers Educational Campus and it will be split into two schools. Pre-K through sixth grade will be in the four hallways of the elementary school wing. 7th through 12th graders will be on the other side of the building in the new Taylor High School.
The way the school was created you see distinct separation of space, says Three Rivers Communications Coordinator Kate Fenton. A lot of parents are worried My kids with high schoolers and I have a kindergartener. I dont like that idea. They are distinctly separate.
But under the same roof that covers about 7 acres of school. Like most new schools, the campus employs geothermal wells to help with heating and cooling costs. The roof is designed for solar panels that could come later. The ceilings in the rooms are sloped to take advantage of natural light.
The campus has a grade school gym, an auxiliary gym and the competition gym where Taylor will play basketball and volleyball. The elementary school and high school have separate cafeterias but share the same kitchen.
The huge library has furniture for little kids on one side and adult-sized tables and chairs on the other. The computer and science labs have the latest technology. The Educational Campus is a far cry from the four aging schools it replaced.
Its wonderful ... Air conditioning ... Elevators. Theres safety. When you come in you know you feel safe in here and the kids feel safe and just everything is so new. Its wonderful, veteran teacher Nancy Schulte told Local 12. The biggest challenge is will everything work out like it did last year? Were in a different building with different schedules. Is it all going to work out?
The district has plans to demolish two of its old schools and sell another. The former Charles T. Young Elementary is being renovated to house the school board offices and Head Start programs.
On September 21st, the district will hold an auction at the old Taylor High School to get rid of lockers, lab equipment, cafeteria utensils and old blackboards. This Sunday at 2pm the district will officially dedicate the new campus and give public tours.