Walker school expands with new classrooms
WALKER - An elementary school in Walker expanded over the summer with expectations of even more students attending the school in years to come.
South Fork Elementary School opened four years ago with nearly 300 students. Now the school has grown to more than 425 students, which filled classrooms, according to South Fork Principal Allison Raborn.
"They were pretty much at capacity, and we knew that we would be adding new students," she said. "There are new neighborhoods coming up, so our district is being proactive by adding new space."
The school added six new classrooms over the summer with bond money from the Walker District. The school has plans for another seven classrooms and a multi-purpose building.
"It's exciting as an administrator knowing that we're prepared whatever students may come in that we won't be having to add buildings right away or anything like that. To be proactive is a great thing," said Raborn.
South Fork fourth grade teacher Jessica Puissegur spent Monday prepping her classroom for the start of school. On August 7, teachers expect the handful of new classrooms to catch the eye of their pupils.
"We're definitely prepared for the new students with technology and everything. We're ready for them," she said. "Especially with this being a new classroom, they're going to be even more excited, cause this is like new for all of us. You know, brand new room... we're just all excited."
South Fork will hold an open house Tuesday for first through fifth grade parents. Pre-K and kindergarten open house is August 10.