AMES–Meeker Elementary School will celebrate the official opening of its new building with a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Meeker’s celebration marks the completion of the second of three elementary school buildings targeted for new construction as part of a facilities plan funded by a $55 million bond referendum in 2012.

Meeker Principal Steve Flynn said the ribbon cutting is especially significant for the community.

“Our students and staff have had a few weeks to settle into the new building and gain from the space and features it provides for our learning environment,” he said. “We’re eager for our community members to see it, too.”

Following the ribbon cutting, Parent Teacher Organization members and Family Ambassadors will provide guided tours for families and community members until 6:30 p.m.. Staff and district administrators will explain how the building’s features support education strategies and enhance safety and security.

Meeker Elementary School is located at 300  20th St.  in Ames.

More about the elementary school facilities plan:

  • Sawyer Elementary School, also undergoing renovation, is slated to open August 2016.
  • Fellows Elementary School, which is being rebuilt on its current campus, is also scheduled to open August 2016.
  • Edwards Elementary School, rebuilt at 820 Miller Avenue, opened August 2014.
  • Mitchell Elementary School was renovated over the course of two years and opened August 2015. Mitchell held  a ribbon cutting Tuesday, Oct.6