Bethany J. Royer
PIQUA — Kristin Gephart, music teacher for Bennett Intermediate Elementary School and Favorite Hill Primary Elementary School, gave a kick of humble excitement upon the reveal of a future music room at the new Springcreek Primary on State Route 36 Wednesday morning.
Though not certain of where she will be located in the future in terms of new buildings, but the music room providing a potential glimpse into her future, Gephart explained the designated space was a stark contrast to the time she had no classroom and had “pushed a piano down the hall.”
Gephart was just one of many area teachers taking part in a sneak-peek tour of the work-in-progress primary. The educators, split into two groups, were being lead from spacious classrooms with built-in cabinetry/lockers, sink and faucet, automatic lights and technology cabinets to equally spacious corridors by Curt South, construction project owner representative.
“Obviously, we’re not anywhere near finished,” said South of the dust, exposed inner-workings of the ceiling and walls, and more that required a little imagination — not to mention wearing a hard hat — on what is to come.
According to South, the PK-3 building will not be move-in ready until January 2015, but teachers were already discussing how to make the most of the new space, some taking measurements in the new classrooms while others debated extended learning areas. This included Loretta Henderson, principal of Nicklin Learning Center, who provided a look into the future, explaining the inclusion of soft furniture in areas beneath staircases and in spaces at the end of hallways, to an ample-sized formal library-media center complete with wi-fi on the second floor and accoustic tiles in the cafeteria.
Henderson expressed an excitement similar to Gephart’s and gave her thanks to the community, “When we passed that bond issue it was just a huge blessing. ‘Cause — wow — that’s all you can say sometimes.”
For more information on school construction progress and photos, visit www.piqua.org.
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