New School, New Year for Oaklawn Elementary
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OSHKOSH, Wis.- After decades of patchwork fixes and three referendums, a 60-year-old school that was falling apart in Oshkosh came down this summer. Today the finishing touches were being put on at the new Oaklawn Elementary as the school gets ready to open its doors to students in another week.
Teachers are scrambling to get ready in just one week, now that doors are open to the new Oaklawn Elementary, but they couldn't be happier about where they'll be teaching this year.
Josh Calhoun is the art teacher for Oaklawn Elementary. He used to have to share his art room with the music teacher.
"Her instruments were in there, a keyboard was in there and we were never teaching at the same time, but we shared that room," said Calhoun.
Now none of that's an issue. More space is something they're noticing in the library too. They had to buy more books just to fill the shelves.
"We're going to have a lot of area left over and that's why those books are all downstairs waiting to be housed," said Karin Boone, the office and media assistant for the school.
Besides added room, there's also lots of wheelchair accessibility, a special needs area and a secure lock entryway so only the secretary can allow people into the building. All this is making the new school quickly fill up.
"Our mass capacity is around 450, right now we're looking at over 440 students and so we're quickly moving into our capacity," said Scott Jahanknecht, the principal of Oaklawn Elementary.
With so many kids coming to Oaklawn, teachers say this year they're finally ready.
"It's a facility that meets their needs and lets them dream big and doesn't put limitations on their learning because the other building there were limitations," said Calhoun.
There will be an open house for parents and students of Oaklawn Wednesday, August 28th. It runs from 4:00 to 5:30 at night. Classes officially start on Tuesday, September 3rd.