Cooler Teachers in Ashland

9 years 10 months 1 week ago August 15, 2007 Aug 15, 2007 Wednesday, August 15 2007 Wednesday, August 15, 2007 4:23:24 PM CDT in News

"It's just a wonderful building. I'm just so excited to be moved into it," said teacher Barbara Hilgedick.

The new building has an improved art room, library and more space for students and teachers as the Ashland community continues to grow.

"We've looked at ways to not only handle the increased population but also to improve facilities for our students and so we've kind of looked at projected growths over time and decided it was time to expand," said Scott Salmons, principal.

With the hot weather outside, all anyone can think about is the new air conditioning.

"It feels good. It's better than being in the other elementary school," said a student.

"First year ever that I've gotten to teach in air conditioning, so it's a joy to be able to have air conditioning," said Hilgedick.

The air conditioning in the elementary building means all southern Boone County students are in cool classrooms, which teachers hope leads to more learning.

"In years past, it's gotten so hot that they really cannot function in the afternoons when your classroom reaches over 90 degrees. So, I think education will be really improved this year with the kids. They won't be tired and hot and more will be done," said Hilgedick.

The district paid for the new school with a $6.2 million bond issue voters passed in April 2006.

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