Posted August 13, 2019
Westside Community Schools leaders, educators, and neighbors gathered Monday, August 12 at 3:00pm for the official Ribbon Cutting & Open House at the newly constructed Swanson Elementary School. The facility at 86th & Harney has been built over the last 18 months, replacing the iconic Swanson School constructed in 1958.
The new Swanson Elementary is 54,000 square feet and cost an estimated $13.4 million. Westside voters approved construction as part of a 2015 bond issue, funding $79.9 million in facilities improvements throughout Westside Community Schools. The original Swanson Elementary was razed after the 2017-2018 school year to make way for a new building, which includes a separate cafeteria and gymnasium, dedicated elective classroom space, improved drop off and pick up access, upgraded security and entrance vestibules, improved ADA access, and the construction of a FEMA-rated storm shelter. The project was completed on time and on budget and will open to students August 14, on the first day of the 2019-2020 school year for Westside Community Schools.
“This state-of-the-art facility exemplifies why we are Westside Community Schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Mike Lucas. “We have a community of current and former parents, neighbors, and educators who unite together to ensure we are providing excellent, safe environments for future generations of learners. I can’t wait to see what our teachers and students achieve through this new school!”