PRESCOTT — Two years after workers began a $6.5 million remodeling of the Prescott School, the School Board will host a celebratory grand opening Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the school.
Most of the work was completed by spring, and students were in the "new" facility before school ended.
"It gave us the summer to take care of odds and ends," Superintendent Carolyn Marsh said.
Marsh began her job at Prescott School just as the work was getting under way. "It’s kind of a blur to me. It went so fast," she said.
Visitors will see gleaming floors reflecting light from new windows.
They will see a new, more welcoming reception area. They will see new flooring, lighting and furniture.
The courtyard was redesigned with fewer trees and more grass. A feature of the courtyard is the bell from the old Prescott School, which was recovered after being missing for 30-some years.
In the gymnasium, the gleaming floor is more than wax-deep. When remodeling started, several "dead spots" were discovered, and the entire floor was replaced. A newly equipped weight training room, and offices for female and male coaches are new features of the physical education area.
New space was "found" when breezeways were enclosed. One is now the foyer for the gym, and a concession booth. Another is the board room.
"The wonderful thing that happened that wasn’t in the original plan was we have no one in the portables," Marsh said.
One portable is being utilized for the district’s new full-day preschool. The other is used for an after-school program.
The grand opening begins at 1 p.m. with a formal gathering in the gymnasium for introductions and recognition of contributors. Refreshments and tours of the facilities are from 2 to 4 p.m.
Tours are self-guided, but Marsh may be found showing visitors around anyway.
"I like to show off all of it," she said.
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