Kids and adults gathered Oct. 10 to celebrate the White River School District’s Early Learning Center. Submitted photo.

Kids and adults gathered Oct. 10 to celebrate the White River School District’s Early Learning Center. Submitted photo.

Elk Ridge Elementary in the spotlight, ribbon-cutting set for Oct. 30

The $22 million project added 18 classrooms to the school.

With one October ribbon-cutting under their administrative belts, leaders in the White River School District are inviting the public to share in a second ceremony.

Elk Ridge Elementary School will be in the spotlight at 4:30 Wednesday, Oct. 30, with a ribbon-cutting of its own.

The downtown campus is home to a $22 million project that has largely been polished off. The money was made available in 2016 when district voters approved a bond issue that also paid for expansion of Wilkeson Elementary, the ongoing renovation at Glacier Middle School and the completed improvements to the district’s Early Learning Center.

“It’s essentially complete,” Assistant Superintendent Mike Hagadone said of the Elk Ridge project. “The school is fully occupied, fully operational.”

Guests at the Oct. 30 ceremony will be shown the new two-story building that houses 18 classrooms, as well as the renovated, original part of the school.

Earlier this month, district staff hosted a similar ceremony at the Early Learning Center on 120th Street East, adjacent to Mountain Meadow Elementary. The building needed work to accommodate its younger crowd, having previously been home to middle school students.

The ELC is home to nearly 220 kindergarten students and well over 100 who are even younger. All hail from the Foothills and Mountain Meadow boundary areas, along with Wilkeson’s preschool and early-K program.

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