Students at Cherry View Elementary cut the blue ribbon to open up the newclassroom additions at their school on Tuesday, October 22. The project added 10 classrooms and additional support spaces to the school.
“Finally the day is here,” said Cherry View principal, Paul Helberg. “It’s a super exciting day that we’re able to open up the new addition at Cherry View. Kids are super excited. I’m excited. They get to see all the new furniture, the new classrooms, everything!” said Helberg.
Principal Helberg spoke to students at the ribbon cutting ceremony, expressing how excited he was for them to see their new classrooms. School board members and officials from Loeffler Construction and Atmosphere Commercial Interiors were also present for the ceremony. After the ribbon was cut, the doors were opened to the new hallway and teachers lead students into their new classrooms.
“It was fun to see their reaction and their faces, particularly when they cut the ribbon,” said Helberg. “To open the doors and for kids to see the new space for the first time, seeing their faces light up makes the whole thing worth it,” said Helberg.
The addition provides 15,288 square feet of new space. There are two new wings that include classrooms, a sensory room for special education, a conference room, a flex room for small group instruction, storage space, and additional restrooms.
Cherry View staff and Lakeville Area Schools district staff started discussing and planning the Cherry View addition to address enrollment challenges. The addition was approved by the School Board at the November 7, 2018 Special Meeting, which focused on instructional space needs in the district. Loeffler Construction was selected to build the additions.
“I want to say thank you to Loeffler Construction and Atmosphere Commercial Interiors, who helped with the design of the classrooms. They’ve been fantastic partners to work with,” praised principal Helberg.