The back-to-school season was more exciting than usual this year for students, teachers and staff at Inskip Elementary School.
On Friday, Inskip held a ribbon-cutting for a $6.5 million expansion and renovation project that was recently completed.
The project added a 29,000-square-foot wing to the existing school building, including 12 classrooms; an administrative office suite; a media center; an art room; a music room; a teacher work area; and an expansion of the cafeteria.
Safety and traffic improvements were also completed, including an upgrade of the fire alarm system; installation of a fire sprinkler system throughout the facility; addition of a canopy for car drop-offs in front of the building; an increase in parking spaces; and a modification of site traffic flow to separate car and bus traffic.
The ribbon-cutting on Aug. 2 included remarks from KCS Superintendent Bob Thomas and District 2 Board of Education member Jennifer Owen, and coincided with a Back-To-School Bash for students and families. After helping to cut the ceremonial ribbon, excited students toured the new facility and learned more about their upcoming school year.
Principal Lynn Jacomen cited the history and tradition of the Inskip community, and highlighted the two-fold benefits of the renovation project.
“Any time we can make students safer and make it easier for them to learn, that’s a great achievement,” she said.
Josh Flory is a multi-media specialist with Knox County Schools and writes this blog, Hall Pass, for the KCS website.