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Parents, students check out remodeled Missoula school

Posted at 8:55 AM, Sep 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-14 10:55:56-04

MISSOULA – New spaces make for new learning styles as upgrades continue at many Missoula County Public Schools buildings.

Swarms of kids and families checked out the newly improved and remodeled Russell Elementary School on Thursday evening.

First grade teacher Amy Stemple told MTN News that a separate cafeteria and PE facility will allow for better scheduling while learning labs and spaces will improve kid’s education.

Stemple says she is excited about the new group style learning students have access to now.

“We have a maker’s space for different classes that can get together and do bigger and better projects and then we have breakout spaces in the two new pods and that is a space that is for that kind of new grouping,” she explained.

Stemple also said that the brightly colored new paint makes for a fun environment for the kids to learn and grow. MCPS school project plans also show safety upgrades to the entrances at Russell Elementary School.

The upgrades are being done thanks to the $158 million Smart Schools 2020 bonds that voters passed several years ago to upgrade over 20 MCPS schools and facilities.

-Augusta McDonnell reporting for MTN News

Russell Elementary School Playground
The upgrades are part of the $158 million Smart Schools 2020 project. (MTN News photo)