At nearly 60,000 square feet and with the ability to accommodate 500 students, Giant Springs Elementary gearing up to open its doors for the 2018-19 school year.
Overall, the school has a very open and dynamic layout, with ample line of sight view.
Each and every detail was researched and thought through with the student and staff in mind.
An example of this would be the placement of the school.
Being set back farther away from the sidewalk allows the staff to have plenty of time to respond if an unwanted guest approaches the building.
Small details like this are what helps to create a safe learning environment for students and staff.
According to Principal Zobrak, safety is one of the biggest concerns and priorities for not only the staff, but parents as well.
"The school will be fully closed and locked down. There’s a double access point at the main office where people will need to check in. Each learning community wing can lock down on their own. You know, there’s a button in the main office that basically we could push and lock down a community," says Principal Ronda Zobrak.
In fact, the School Resource Officer, as well as the Great Falls Police Department, were involved in reviewing the initial plans and helping to map out safety measures and camera placement throughout the entire school.
Construction for Giant Springs Elementary is set to be completed by the end of August, leaving just a handful of days for teachers and staff to move in and greet their students on their first day of school, August 29th.