Names revealed of new Boone Elementary School, multi-purpose building

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The replacement for two Boone elementary schools and the new home of an alternative learning center both had their names revealed on Wednesday.

Lacey Dreeszen, a district-wide English-learning teacher, said Ledges Elementary School “represents our area, for sure.”

Ledges — currently under construction near the intersection of Hancock Drive and South Jackson Street, and named after nearby Ledges State Park — will offer daycare, preschool, transitional kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade. It will replace Lincoln and Page elementary schools.

More than 80% of area voters in March 2021 approved a $23 million bond issue to pay for the new school.

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Denomination committees had been gathering community feedback since June, according to a district press release.

Superintendent Julie Trepa said around 800 people cast ballots in the final round. Dreeszen said there were four options to choose from.

A rendering depicts the future Ledges Elementary School in Boone.

‘Learning Hub’ consolidates former leased spaces

The name of the elementary school was one of two shared with school staff Wednesday morning.

Crossroads Learning Hub — located at 215 S. 8th St. — will be a multi-purpose home for the district’s Futures Alternative High School and Boone’s homeschooling support program.

A rendering depicts the future Crossroads Learning Hub in Boone.

Trepa explained that Futures primarily serves juniors and seniors with a smaller school setting and “more personalized learning opportunities.” The program is currently located in a building similar to the old elementary schools being replaced.

The homeschool program serves K-12 students and is located in rented space, Trepa said.

“The new building will provide them with a newer space designed for their unique learning needs. In addition to housing these programs, the building will also house a half gym that will be used by these programs, as well as other programs within our district,” says Trepa.

Crossroads is being paid with a Secure an Advanced Vision for Education bond, according to the district’s press release.

Both buildings are scheduled to open for the 2023-24 school year.

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Phillip Sitter covers education for the Ames Tribune, including Iowa State University and PreK-12 schools in Ames and elsewhere in Story County. Phillip can be contacted by email at [email protected] He’s on Twitter @pslifeisabeauty.

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