Students in the Springfield Platteview School District in Sarpy County returned to class on Tuesday and for students at Westmont Elementary it was a whole new world. The district recently completed a $3.9-million renovation project that changed every aspect of the building except the exterior. Westmont Elementary was built in 1978 using the “open concept” design and it laced permanent walls and doors that are necessary in today’s environment that calls for increased safety.
Principal Melissa Hasty says, “Our classrooms have doors now so it is nice and quiet. They’ve got lockers. Everything is clean and new and energy efficient. It is just really exciting for us.”
Along with doors the renovation included dedicated space for the counselor, art room, reading and special education space. New restrooms have also been added as well as new windows and skylights. Hasty says, “Springfield Platteview has made a commitment to technology and we are one-to-one with iPad. Every room has smart boards, teaching walls where the lights will be dimmed for better instruction with projectors. It is a great experience for kids.”
The school also has a new air handling system with a heat pump to make the building much more efficient to heat and cold. There are 266 students enrolled in K-6 at Westmont Elementary with about 30 children attending preschool daily.