Lt. Gen. Theodore Martin, commander of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, and members of the Unified School District 207 Board of Education held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 12 at the new Patton Middle School to address the district’s educators to students. We talked about importance. A building on the site of the old MacArthur Elementary School near the Ward Office.
According to the ceremony’s program, the new school will be designed with energy efficiency and the latest technology in mind and will include 38 classroom spaces for grades 6 to 9, an arts and science space, common areas, an auditorium, a media center, Multiple gymnasiums, an indoor running track. Designated hallways for each grade also have a collaborative and flexible learning environment inspired by the 2021 grant “Project ARMIES: Embedding Reading and Mathematics in Exercise (Health) Science.”
USD 207 Superintendent Keith Mispergel said the district educates more than 1,600 military-related children from preschool through ninth grade and the new school represents a new place to achieve educational goals. said.
“We celebrate not only competence, but the opportunity to continue to enhance the education we offer. Through all of this, our students will reach new heights,” Mispagel said. “The opening of this new Patton Middle School building is a huge tribute to our commitment to military students, our commitment to parents, our commitment to education, and to the men and women who defend our freedoms every day. and commitment.”
Mispagel said more than half of students only attend US$207 schools a year, so the district strives to leave a lasting impact on families by building on the excitement of learning. I was.
He thanked those who helped build the school, including the U.S. Department of Education, which funded Influence Assistance. Hollis and Miller Architects. Titan Built LLC and other partners have invested in this process.
Retired Col. Myron Griswold of the USD 207 Board of Education said the construction of a new building at MacArthur Elementary School in 2016 gave the district the opportunity to use the old MacArthur site for new projects. The board plans to replace the original Patton Middle School, which was built in 1958, in the fall of 2018, and demolish the old MacArthur Elementary School building in 2020 to make way for the new middle school. Contractors completed the new Patton building in July.
As a self-professed armor advocate, Martin said that when he noticed the initial design of the new facility, he was in awe of the details. Powerful thanks to the crew.
“We have the best educators I have ever seen in my 39 years of service. I know.”
Martin described the magic that unites new students with Patton’s faculty and staff, and applauded those who make a child’s time on the district valuable.
When 6th grade teacher and Patton alumnus Amy Reinhold moved from the primary school where 6th grade was previously taught to the new Patton, she reimagined and shared her classroom design to support student proficiency. I mentioned that I considered the flexibility of the space. building. She said she is looking forward to meeting new students and teaching them the Odyssey of the Mind program.
Reinhold, who attended Patton from grades 7 to 9, says her 18 years as an educator, teaching at the new school, has brought her career full circle.
For more information about Patton Middle School, please visit https://patton.usd207.org/.