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Construction at Inspiration View in Progress and Ahead of Schedule

Inspiration View Elementary School looks very much like the brand new school it will be when it opens for students at the start of the 2019-20 school year. A building now sits on the site where the D49 community gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony in May of 2018.


IVES Principal Kristy Rigdon invited a group to tour the worksite at the end of January. Wearing hard hats and fluorescent vests, guests including the D49 Chief Officers as well as Board of Education Vice President John Graham explored the rapidly developing campus.

A small group of D49 staff from the POWER Zone and Central Office tour IVES Jan. 29  

IVES is coming along great,” remarked COO Pedro Almeida. “The unique design features will make the school both visually appealing and highly functional for our 21st Century students and teachers!”


According to project manager Wember Inc., crews from Nunn Construction are making steady progress. At the start of February the management team reported an updated list reflecting the status of major work taking place at the new school:


  • Construction is in progress and ahead of schedule
  • Concrete floor polish continues on Level 1 and has been inspected for approval
  • Install of ceiling tile and lighting is ongoing on Level 1
  • First area of classrooms are getting carpet and wall tile
  • Mechanical and electrical rough-in is on-going on Level 2
  • Exterior masonry is completed and storefront windows are being installed
  • Furniture selection discussions scheduled to move into order placement by the end of January.
  • Meetings continue with Homeschool program to coordinate move and purchase furniture and equipment.
  • Meetings are occurring for budget and schedule planning. Committees have been formed to advice on major items to be ordered ahead of school occupancy such as technology and curriculum.


“With each time I walk the building, I can more clearly see students in the classrooms and halls, hear the hum of learning and collaboration, and feel the positive and excited energy,” Rigdon observed. “Our mission is to develop the passions and talents of all students and to harness the creativity in our elementary students.”


Rigdon explained IVES will foster individual student promise and passions through arts integrated learning, allowing all students to develop as creative risk takers who collaborate, communicate and celebrate through diverse learning opportunities while discovering their love of learning as they evolve as authentic human beings.


“It touches my heart to be able to serve the community with this school and our unique offerings,” said Rigdon.


IVES is the second of two new D49 schools made possible by voters who supported the 3B MLO in 2016. IVES will open for classes for all students Aug. 1.

A small group of D49 staff from the POWER Zone and Central Office tour IVES Jan. 29  IVES Principal Kristy Rigdon tours site with POWER Zone and Central Office staff Jan. 29  POWER Zone and Central Office staff tour IVES work site Jan. 29

David Nancarrow