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School expands space, tightens security

West Lyon Herald of Inwood, Iowa

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New entrance to deter danger, protect students Elementary enrollment highest in 30 years

West Lyon School has brought all-new classrooms to preschool and kindergarten, an all-secure entrance to the school and all-day kindergarten to students.

The expansion has also brought peace of mind to administration, staff and parents now that visitors cannot gain access to the school Without first being buzzed into the office and reception area.

In addition, implementing all-day kindergarten has brought West Lyon the competitive edge it needed to retain students and keep pace with neighboring school districts.

"We're very excited that our voters have supported this and our district has supported this," said high school principal Doug jiskoot.

Two parts project

Completed last week, the $2 million addition consists of two components. First, the 8,300-square-foot elementary wing contains four preschool and kindergarten classrooms, a commons area for activities and hand-washing station.

The second portion of West Lyon School's expansion is the secure entrance and new school office, which totals 3,000 square feet. The office includes reception, offices for administrators, parent-teacher conference room and nurse's station.

The project stayed within its $2 million budget, said business manager Bob Tracy.

Each component of the expansion met its own goal as well. While the long-awaited secure entrance addresses school safety concerns, the preschool and kindergarten addition addresses the district's recent, steady growth at those grade levels.

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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