Olney-Bissell to Showcase New Building at Upcoming Event

By Beacon Staff

Olney-Bissell School invites the community to attend an open house on May 7 to celebrate the construction of their new multipurpose classroom.

The 30-by-30-foot stand-alone building, which will open for classes this fall, holds a multipurpose classroom as well as three additional rooms which will be used for office space and storage. The expansion will relieve the elementary school of current space restrictions which have forced band classes into the library and gym, science labs into the library, tutoring sessions into hallways, and teacher offices into old storage spaces.

According to Principal Lona Everett, expansion has been a discussion at the school for some time, but it wasn’t until a partnership with Flathead Valley Community College that the project became financially feasible. Funds needed for building supplies came from money set aside from the sale of the Olney School, with no levies or bonds needed from the school’s tax base. As part of their curriculum, FVCC students in the heavy equipment, electrical technology and building trades programs helped complete the building.

“The partnership with FVCC is a great collaboration – It perfectly fulfills our need for a space where we can give kids the kind of education we want them to have, and it’s a great project for the FVCC students,” Everett said in a statement.

The building will be open for walk-throughs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Everett at 862-2828 or [email protected].

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