Hundreds of adults and children toured the city of Cleveland’s new Candy's Creek Cherokee Elementary School during an open house Tuesday evening.The event allowed both families of students …
Hundreds of adults and children toured the city of Cleveland’s new Candy's Creek Cherokee Elementary School during an open house Tuesday evening.
The event allowed both families of students attending the school this August and members of the general public to explore the building.
“This is what I’ve been waiting for,” Principal Lisa Earby said. “To see all these people here just brings the building alive. I’m bursting with pride and ready for school to start.”
The new school sits on a 19-acre property at 4445 Georgetown Road (Highway 60). The single-story building measures some 97,500 square feet and includes features like a gym with an attached stage and multipurpose room and designated wings for specific grade level groupings.
Three long hallways lined with classrooms jut out of the back of the building, while common spaces like the cafeteria and media center are on the side of the building facing Georgetown Road.
“It took lots of planning to get to this point, and it is neat to see the building come to life,” said Dr. Russell Dyer, director of Cleveland City Schools. “We are continuing to plan for the new year and look forward to it opening in the fall.”
The approximately $15.6 million building was designed with an initial maximum capacity of 520 students. However, common spaces like the cafeteria were made larger to allow for future classroom add-ons.
The building was designed by Upland Design Group, and construction was handled by J&J Contractors. Despite construction delays, Cleveland City Schools received its certificate of occupancy this week.
Many parents and community members alike said they liked the design of the building. Children there to meet their teachers also expressed excitement over their new school.
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