Newly Renovated Turner Intermediate School Opens Doors to Students, Community

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The newly-renovated Turner Intermediate School opened its doors to students in grades 2-6 on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019.

The District would like to thank its families for their patience as it worked out the final details at the new Turner. Students in grades 2-6 spent their first day in the new Turner on Oct. 9, with everything progressing as expected. Students were amazed by their new school, offering comments such as “This is a dream come true!” and “Somebody pinch me!”

Renovations to the building included updates to the central heating, cooling, plumbing, lighting and security systems. New windows, doors, ceilings and floors were installed. Existing masonry was repaired or replaced. With the changes made to the building’s infrastructure, Turner also will now better meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

New furniture and classroom designs were included in the renovations. Classrooms options based upon grade level.  Rather than standard desks and chairs, students are given the option of using “flex-space” seating in connection with 21st century learning.  By utilizing more non-traditional seating options and classroom configurations, teachers have the ability to deliver lessons in a workspace that is based upon the activity at hand.  Research has shown that students learn best, retain the most information and feel empowered by having some degree of choice and control over their environment.

Dedicated space was also planned for the renovation of the physical education gymnasium and special education classrooms and expansion of the music, art and band classrooms.  A Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (STEAM) lab will encourage innovation and collaboration.

We will be hosting a community grand opening event for the new Turner on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. We look forward to our families celebrating this remarkable facility with us, as we continue our journey of providing an educational environment where Every Child, Every Day Matters.

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