Hoosier Prairie renovations a success

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – School has started for Vigo County students, and so have the adjustments to their post-summer schedules.

Students and staff at Hoosier Prairie Elementary are also adjusting to a like-new building.

Renovations took place over the summer to completely remodel the building.

Principal Jennifer Russell says that the response to the new building has been great.

“The majority of them I think, think it’s really cool,” Russell said. “They ust have, you know, a little bit of a difficulty finding where they’re going, especially the younger ones that haven’t been here. The older ones pretty much have it and they’re helping the little ones get where they need to be.”

Construction took place inside and out, updating the building from its original open concept design.

One of the favorite renovations of the building for the staff is the new walls.

Teacher Jodi Fish says she’s already seen an increased focus in her students, especially with their new reading program.

“I know before we didn’t have walls it would have been a bigger challenge because any sound they would have heard in the hallway would have broken their focus away, and now they can really focus on what’s in front of them,” Fish said.

The renovation also included a newly remodeled media center.

Walls were put up around the area to close it off from the surrounding hallways and cafeteria.

A new computer lab was also desgined so students can have more space and a quieter area to take their standardized tests.

“Being open concept before, kids were going back and forth to special area classes and that was very distracting to students,” Russell said.

The renovations at Hoosier Prairie cost around $4 million.

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