The Oracle Elementary School District took a step toward a new future when it broke ground on the site of a new classroom building on May 26, 2021. Located on what was an outdoor basketball court, the new classroom building will include ten state-of-the-art classrooms for students in 5th grade through 8th grade. The new classroom building is scheduled to open for the 2022-2023 school year.
Guests and community members attended the event, including Chris Crum, President of the Oracle Schools Foundation, Holly Lyon, Secretary for the “Focus on Our Future” Political Action Committee, past and current members of the OESD Governing Board, Robin Shambach of BWS Architects, Paul Hartley and John Brakeman of H2 Group, and our valued members from Chasse Building Team.
The new classroom building will create a new “face” for Mountain Vista K-8 School. Once complete, the new classroom building will replace the five classrooms inside the Bateman Building and will add five additional classrooms for our growing school. District Superintendent Crystle Nehrmeyer noted it has been a long road from a campus-wide needs assessment, to the election in 2019, through the selection of a construction and design team and now to this exciting point.
“Our community made this moment possible.” Nehrmeyer said. “The Mountain Vista campus opened its doors in the 1960s. Since then, piece by piece and building by building, our school has grown. Today, nearly sixty years later, we break ground for new classrooms that will serve our children and community for decades. It is an honor to celebrate our “Small Town Roots, Global Expectations” for the students and families of Oracle.”
Nehrmeyer thanked those who volunteered their time and resources to support the capital bond that makes this and other construction projects at Mountain Vista K-8 School possible including the “Focus on Our Future” Political Action Committee, the Oracle Schools Foundation, current and past members of the Governing Board, and former OESD superintendent Dennis Blauser for initiating the pursuit of a capital bond to fund many crucial renovations, safety upgrades, and expansion of educational space for students.
Together with CHASSE, BWS Architects, H2 Group, and the OESD Governing Board, the Oracle community looks forward to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new classroom building in July 2022.