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You’re invited to Meeker’s Ribbon Cutting and Open House

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
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Demolition begins on Meeker building

Crews will demolish the former Meeker building over the course of a four-week period that began the week of June 8. Facilities Maintenance and Planning Director Gerry Peters said work will proceed as quickly as possible so paving and landscaping can begin around the new building.

Although heavy rain, lightning and thunderstorms could cause delays, some rain can be an advantage, Peters said.

“Light rain actually provides favorable conditions for demolition because it reduces dust,” he said.

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Good-bye to Old Meeker is May 2

Meekergoodbye1AMES–The Meeker Elementary School building may be made of bricks and mortar, but it holds memories of formative events that extend for several generations. Meeker students, staff, alumni and friends will gather at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 2, to celebrate and honor the old building before its last school year ends.

Principal Steve Flynn said the building drew strong loyalty long before it was designated as a Blue Ribbon School in 2013.

“The school has always created a close community where students have thrived and launched a solid foundation for learning for the rest of their lives,” Flynn said.

The “Good-bye to Old Meeker” celebration is an open-house styled event and the public is encouraged to attend.

The building will be demolished during the summer of 2015. In August, staff and students will move into its new replacement, which has been built on the same campus.

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