Walk through the new Fisher Elementary

Walk through the new Fisher Elementary
Posted on 08/17/2017

Fisher Elementary School opens to students on Thursday, Aug. 31. A multi-year culmination of bonds, designs and constructions will come to fruition when students return to Fisher just two-plus months since saying farewell to the school they had known.

This time much has changed.

Two weeks before the start of school, the pace of work at the Lynden Schools new elementary building proved frenetic, but on track to allow students to enter the building on the first day of school, even if a few finishing touches were still needed as September rolled on.

For more images of Fisher two weeks before opening, check the Lynden Schools Facebook page here.

The new, two-story school includes 28 total classrooms, a gymnasium, commons area and much more. A walk through the new building shows how it bathes in natural light and opens up new learning possibilities for the roughly 450 students in kindergarten through fifth grade that plan to call it home on Aug. 31.

The new building was constructed behind the old Fisher school, which was demolished in June, making way for an entirely new parent drop-off area in the front of the school and new parking. The bus loop will move to the back of the building, separating cars from buses for a safer process in both the morning and afternoon.

On the ground floor, the main entrance leads immediately past the front office. Safety doors will send visitors directly into the office in order to enter the building.

The west side of the main floor includes the new commons area that doubles as the cafeteria. The kitchen sits immediately off the commons and a stage, which doubles as the music classroom, looks over the commons. A brand-new gymnasium, the same size as the gym at Bernice Vossbeck Elementary, is located off the commons area. The two spaces can be separated.

On the second floor of the west wing, the library overlooks the commons, and is full of natural light, akin to the rest of the building.

“I get pretty excited about what it is going to be,” Jim Frey, superintendent, says about the new building. “It is light and bright.”

The east wing features two stories of nearly mirrored classroom space.

The space was designed in pods, with four classrooms all opening onto shared space that remains separated from the hallways. “It is flexible space and everyone has ownership over it,” Frey says. “You can pull out small groups or one-on-one work and not be interrupted or distracted by people walking in the hallway.”

Each pod will get painted a different color to help differentiate them and hallway windows help separate the pods from each other.

Construction on the new building has come down to the wire, slowed by tough weather this past winter. Lynden Schools hopes to gain access to the building on Aug. 23, allowing staff and teachers to start moving into the space.

During the construction project, Lynden added four additional classrooms to the project. Those classrooms will remain under construction on the far east side of the building, expected to open in early 2018.

Frey says they plan to host a community open house on Sept. 12, giving the district a chance to welcome people to the new building.

“The project has been on the front burner for a year,” Frey says. “Seeing the culmination of it is pretty cool.”