SIERRA VISTA — Sierra Vista Unified School District celebrated the completion of a new multipurpose building at Village Meadows Elementary School on Thursday.
Members of the community were invited to the building’s official unveiling and were allowed to tour the new addition, which includes a basketball court, new restrooms and plenty of open space for such activities as school promotions, music programs, presentations and sports events.
The $1.1 million building is one of several projects completed under the district’s first $17 million bond sale in April 2017. It represents the first of two sales through a voter-approved $28 million bond referendum in November 2016, with the second $11 million bond sale going out in May.
“This building is 5,500 square feet and came in $77,000 less than the bid,” said Steve Gibson, SVUSD project manager for bond-funded construction projects at different sites throughout the district.
“The building originally had a stage, which was removed from the plan,” Gibson said. “Initially, this project was underestimated, so I think with the budget we had to work with, this project came out well.”
Some members of the bond oversight committee attended Thursday’s ribbon-cutting.
“This building turned out great and is something the school really needed,” said Wes Hewitt, one of the bond oversight committee members. “I’m very pleased to see such a nice addition for our students and teachers.”
In her welcoming remarks to guests, Principal Nichole Gittus thanked visitors for attending the event and invited them to tour the building.
“This new addition will be loved dearly,” she said. “I hope you love this building as much as we do here at Village Meadows.”
School District Superintendent Kelly Glass praised the community for its support, thereby making the bond initiative and districtwide improvements possible.
“Everywhere I go, I am incredibly impressed by the level of support this community shows our children every day,” Glass said.
Describing the new facility as “an incredible addition to our school system and community,” bond oversight committee member Joe Kraps — who chairs the construction subcommittee — said that along with serving students, the building will make a great venue for a number of community events.
Other bond-funded projects across the district include a library renovation and remodel at Joyce Clark Middle School, security fencing, a $2.5 million practice gym and theater workshop at Buena, carpet replacement projects and information technology advancements, to name a few.
Richard Dailey, who chairs the IT (information technology) subcommittee, also weighed in at the ribbon-cutting.
“I was pleased with how nicely the building fit into the school grounds,” he said. “I see a lot of potential with the facility. The students at Village Meadows got a nice addition to their school.”
Dailey also spoke about some of the IT upgrades made possible through the bond.
“The IT side of these projects are top-notch,” he said. “The advancements that have been implemented provide teachers with state-of-the-art tools they can apply to their teaching efforts.
“The level of effort in training and equipment installation is second to none.”
All three oversight committee members who attended the ribbon-cutting — Hewitt, Kraps and Dailey — said they look forward to watching how future bond projects progress.
“From what I’ve seen so far, we’re off to a great start,” Dailey said. “These projects have been going on for two years now, with impressive results. We just need to keep a close watch on numbers and costs as we move forward with the remaining projets.”