An open house is scheduled 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 6. This event coincides with the district’s annual spring concert and art show which will begin at 6:30 in the high school gymnasium.

The Macks Creek R-V School District is celebrating the completion of its new addition, which serves students in grades kindergarten through 3rd grade.

An open house is scheduled 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 6. This event coincides with the district’s annual spring concert and art show which will begin at 6:30 in the high school gymnasium. Patrons are invited to tour the new facilities and enjoy the concert and art show.

While project completion was about six months late, the addition stayed within budget, according to Superintendent Joshua Phillips.

“We are extremely pleased with the new facility,” he commented in a press release. “The school district is grateful for the support and encouragement of our school community! This project occurred due to the overwhelming support of our patrons through the passage of the no-cost increase bond issue. The district is appreciative of the efforts of the master planning committee and countless patrons who provided input and feedback in regards to the plans for our beautiful new facility.”

In August 2015, the Macks Creek School Board voted to award the contract for a renovation and addition project to Westport Construction for $2,121,862. The district assumed responsibility for other portions of the project outside of the construction contract. These items included the IT infrastructure, technology hardware, telephone system, surveillance system, furniture and window treatments.

When the bills are finalized later this month, the total cost of the construction of the new addition will total just over $2,323,000, according to Phillips. In April 2015, Macks Creek patrons approved a no-cost increase bond issue that allowed the district to raise $2,152,322 to fund this project.

In January 2017, students moved into the new addition. The addition added eight modern classroom spaces to accommodate the technological and spatial needs of the district’s entire lower elementary population. Prior to moving, students were served in classrooms in an area constructed in the late 1920’s.

The former classrooms were undersized and provided little space for storage and technology. The addition also includes restrooms and an elementary computer lab. Prior to the addition, the elementary was forced to eliminate the computer lab due to a lack of classroom space and had a shortage of restroom facilities.

The renovation portion of the project, which was completed in February 2016, consolidated the offices of nurse, elementary secretary and elementary principal. It also includes a small reception area, an elementary teacher’s workroom and staff restroom. Previously, the office of the elementary secretary served as a reception and workroom area while the nurse’s office was undersized and did not include a restroom. The remodeled area also includes an adult-only restroom.

The project has improved the frontage alongside State Route N as well. Measures were taken to stabilize the steep hillside, increase safety and improve the appearance of the campus.