The community can get a peek inside the new classroom building at Keyes Elementary School on Friday afternoon.
Keyes Union School District will dedicate the building, which will house six kindergartens and two primary classes when school starts Monday.
The kindergartens are designed in three two-room suites. Each suite contains two classrooms, with student restrooms and a teacher workroom off a connecting hallway between the two rooms. A fenced playground area just outside the building has a play structure, a paved tricycle track and a grass play area.
The building is being dedicated in honor of retired teacher Sandy Rico, who taught preschool and kindergarten in Keyes from 1968 to 2009.
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The building cost $4.3 million, which included relocating portable classrooms from the site, according to Superintendent Karen Poppen. It was designed by Gary Gery of DLR Group WWCOT in Modesto. Program and construction management were provided by Pacific Program Management in Oakdale, and the contractor was McDonald Glenn Co. in Ripon.
The Oakdale Unified and Turlock Unified school districts gave or loaned spare furniture for the building. Norm Lee and Jeff Reed refurbished the pieces.
Keyes Union School District built the classrooms and a multipurpose building at Spratling Middle School with funds raised through the $5 million local bond Measure L, passed in 2005. The district is awaiting $2 million in matching funds from the California Office of Public School Construction, Poppen said.