Enthusiasm is building at M.V. Beattie Elementary in Enderby.
Students and staff are preparing to move into the new $12.9 school Friday.
“There is quite a bit of excitement to get going in there,” said principal Carl Cooper.
There is no formal ceremony planned for that morning but it’s anticipated the move will be one the 227 students remember.
“They will start in their classes in the old building and then we will walk the kids over,” said Cooper of the building’s location at the southeast corner of the existing school property on Sicamous Street.
“They will go through the main door and we will welcome each student. They will then go into their classes and get settled.”
It was decided to take a low-key approach Friday so the students can get adjusted to their new surroundings prior to heading off for Christmas holidays.
“The focus will be on the kids,” said Cooper.
The Ministry of Education committed to constructing a new school a few years ago because the current structure was deemed inadequate.
Parts of the present building were constructed in 1914, with the last of several additions completed in 1970.
The new school will accommodate 275 students.
There will also be a 245-square-metre neighbourhood learning centre, as well as space for the school’s existing StrongStart early learning centre.
“It’s been a big operation to move a school,” said Cooper.
“We’ve had two people working full-time in the last week to move things over.”
There will be an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the new M.V. Beattie Elementary Jan. 6.