Ribbon cutting ceremony opens Hunt addition
Ribbon cutting ceremony opens Hunt addition
Posted on 09/04/2018

Students, staff, and parents will notice big changes at Hunt Elementary when they return to school this fall.

After a year of construction, the 12 classroom addition is complete. Fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students will find their new learning spaces equipped with technology upgrades, audio systems, and six shared project rooms.

A ribbon cutting ceremony on September 4 officially opened the new modern classroom addition, which adjoins to the rest of the school as a seamless continuation.

Hunt studentsStudents, parents, and staff were on hand for the official ‘ribbon cutting’ as the Pans of Steel band performed for the crowd. Fifth grade students Joy and Faith Galang attended the ceremony and took a tour with their mother. “I am really excited to be in the new classroom. I like that it has a room where we can do science experiments,” says Joy.

Superintendent Tim Yeomans thanked the staff for making it through a year of construction with amazing patience. He told the students it is not just a new addition, it is equipped with instructional technology which will allow them to lead the way in the district. “To all of our students – this is really for you. You get to experience this wonderful investment the community has made with funds from the school bond,” says Yeomans.

The project increases the capacity of Hunt by 290 students — thereby reducing the number of portables needed. The total capacity is now 780 students. There are 36 classrooms.

“This ribbon cutting event signifies the beginning of something new and wonderful for our students and staff.  It also represents the continuation of what is at the heart of our profession – relationships.  Hunt teachers are masterful at connecting and caring about kids beyond measure.  Having the tools to lead instruction and inspire responsible learning is a gift that will be keep on giving.  Our school not only looks beautiful, but it’s fully equipped with the technology that promotes engagement and access to prepare students for college and career readiness.” – Hunt Elementary Principal Rebecca Williams

Technology upgrades in classrooms include interactive flat panels at the front of the classroom and display panels in the back for easier viewing. Teachers can interact with the front panel using a tablet from anywhere in the room.

Hunt classroomClassrooms will have audio systems to project the teacher’s voice throughout the room. According to research, student learning improves when they can hear the teacher more clearly.

All classrooms at Hunt have received technology and audio upgrades. The existing building received new paint, carpet, and HVAC. There is also a new playground with a synthetic surface.

The new construction meets Washington State’s green building standard for high performance buildings. This environmentally friendly design includes energy efficiency, daylighting, water conservation, storm water treatment, and sustainable materials.

Moving out of portables and into the school building will improve time management for students and staff. They will have easier access to the library, gymnasium, lunch, and bathrooms.

“’To whom much is given, much is expected.’  We are very thankful for the gifts given to us by the voters, as parents and guardians and as community members,” says Williams.

The voter approved 2015 School Construction and Facility Improvements bond addresses the need for elementary school classroom space. It allows the district to replace Firgrove, Northwood, and Sunrise elementary schools, remodel Pope Elementary, build a new elementary school, and add 12 classrooms to Hunt Elementary.