Great Falls Public School District staff were hard at work Saturday as they began moving from Longfellow Elementary School to the former Roosevelt Elementary School building.
The temporary move will allow major construction work to be done on the Longfellow building.
Teachers, warehouse staff, and administrators began loading trucks around 7:30 a.m.
They said about 20 pallets loaded with classroom essentials were moved Saturday.
The goal is to complete the move to Roosevelt by the time students return from Christmas break.
“The most important thing is we want to be able to start school on January 2nd at the Roosevelt building where Longfellow will be for the next year and a half,” Principal Lance Boyd said.
Boyd said school officials want the classrooms ready to go by the time students return so their education will remain consistent and set a good trend going into the new year.
He added that they have been planning details for the move since October.
The Roosevelt building was originally home to the students and staff of the new Giant Springs Elementary School.
The 2017-2018 school year was Roosevelt’s 90th and final year operating as its own elementary school.
-Reported by Joe Huisinga/MTN News
(June 1, 2018) Friday marked the end of the 90th and final year at Roosevelt Elementary School. Next year, they will be moving to a new location at Giant Springs Elementary.
Roosevelt is currently the oldest operating building in Great Falls Public Schools. The school needed many upgrades and ultimately it was decided that it would be better to move to a new location.
The school held their annual end of the year ceremony today, where awards were presented to teachers moving on in their career as well as teachers ending their career with retirement.
The teachers ended the ceremony with a dance and replacing their Roosevelt Elementary t-shirts with brand new Giant Springs t-shirts.
Every year, the 6th grade students at Roosevelt who will move to a new school the next school year, end their final day at the school with a parade around the halls and out the building to receive their final high fives from fellow classmates and teachers.
This year, since it was everyone’s final day at the school, all students got to receive their final high fives at the school.
Rhonda Zobrak, Principle of Roosevelt Elementary said, “This year we just wanted to make it special for everyone, because of course the kindergarten through fifth graders don’t have that opportunity to come down this set of stairs since it’s their school too. So, we just extended it to include everyone.”
It is not yet known what will happen to the building.
Students will start their next school year at Giant Springs Elementary on August 29th.