First school in 40 years, Giant Springs Elementary School, opening in Great Falls

Great Falls hasn’t built a new school in over forty years.

However, all of that has changed as Great Falls Public School's will be unveiling their brand new Giant Springs Elementary School this afternoon.

The total project cost $15 million dollars and was made possible by a bond for $98.9 million dollars that was passed in 2016 by the Great Falls community.

Giant Springs is nearly 60,000 square feet and can accommodate up to 500 students.

The interior was designed with the student in mind, allowing for extra rooms to easily be converted into even more classrooms if needed; along with spacious hallways.

Smaller details were also though through such as sinks outside of the restrooms and a stairwell designed to allow visibility, avoiding any unnecessary time unsupervised.  

The school is also placed further off the sidewalk to allow a direct line of sight, allowing school staff to spot any unwanted visitors and take action. 

Giant Springs is built into individual quadrants that can be remotely locked down from the front office in case of an emergency.

The first day of school for Great Falls Public School students is this Wednesday, August 29th.   

The official ribbon cutting ceremony will be Tuesday, August 28th at 3 p.m. just in time to kick off the new school year.

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