KALISPELL – Residents will be able to check out the new Rankin Elementary School in Kalispell Tuesday night between 5 and 6 p.m. which will welcome over 350 students for the first day of school Wednesday.
The district broke ground on the project last June, after voters approved a $22 million bond.
It was fast-tracked due to overcrowding at the other elementary schools, and will join a fleet of five others in the district.
School administrators say the layout is designed to reflect a 21st century approach to learning with flexible work spaces.
Kalispell Public School grades 1 through 6 and 9 will start Wednesday, while 7 through 8 and 10 through 12 will start on Thursday. Kindergarteners will begin classes after Labor Day.