Photo by Jason White
Brothers Trey Skelton, 5, left, and Zane Skelton, 6, sign their names at the North Elementary School reopening celebration and ribbon-cutting Monday evening in Godfrey.
GODFREY — Clad in brightly colored T-shirts proclaiming “There’s No Place Like Home,” North Elementary School administrators and staff welcomed families back for the first school year in a renovated building.
The project at the school, 5600 Godfrey Road, began last summer and wrapped up within the last week. Last school year, students attended Horace Mann and Mark Twain elementary schools while construction was under way.
“Now we’re back home, and it feels good to be home,” Principal Tiana Montgomery said.
The $4 million project included new floors, ceilings, restrooms, lighting, lockers and a larger cafeteria, said David McClintock, the district’s building and grounds director.
The school is the seventh building the district has renovated in seven years, including all of the elementary schools and the middle school. McClintock said asbestos have been removed from the buildings.
“Everyone in the district ought to be pretty proud of what the facilities look like now,” McClintock said. “They were pretty rough.”
The project at North generated about 150 construction jobs, said RiverBend Growth Association President Monica Bristow, who graduated from North when it was a middle school. Godfrey-based Jun Construction was the main contractor.
“The children are our future; they always will be,” Jun Construction Vice President Brad Jun said. “It’s an honor to be part of making the future a little bit better for everybody.”
The district’s next major project is to build a track, soccer field, varsity baseball field, two concession stands, two restrooms and locker rooms at the athletic complex behind Alton High School, McClintock said.
Alton students return to school Wednesday, Aug. 20.