Ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 6 offers an open house and guided tours for the public to celebrate the building’s renovation.

AMES–Mitchell Elementary School will celebrate the official opening of its fully renovated building with a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6. Mitchell’s celebration marks the completion of the first of two elementary school buildings targeted for remodeling as part of a facilities plan funded by a $55 million bond referendum in 2012.

Mitchell Principal Justin Jeffs said the ribbon cutting will give students, families and community members a sense of the accomplishment the new building represents.

“This updated building  is a tangible representation of the community’s commitment to education, ” Jeffs said. “It provides the space and features we need for learning to thrive.”

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

Mitchell Elementary School is located at 3521 Jewell Dr.  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 slated to open August 2016.
  • Edwards Elementary School, rebuilt at 820 Miller Avenue, opened August 2014.
  • Meeker Elementary School, rebuilt at 300 20th St., opened August 2015 and will hold a ribbon cutting Tuesday, Oct. 20.