A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Monday in Great Falls to officially unveil the new Longfellow Elementary School.
Located at 1100 6th Avenue South, the new school features unique additions like the district’s first rubber safety surfacing that can mitigate safety risks and increase accessibility for handicapped students.
Other features include American Indian cultural elements, a Learning Resource Center, a media center that includes both a library and computer lab, and a gymnasium.
The facility has been a work in progress since last year, when Great Falls Public Schools received a $99 million dollar bond for reconstructive purposes.
Assistant Superintendent Ruth Uecker said rebuilding was the best solution to addressing structural concerns: “It was at the point where we decided we needed to tear down, rebuild, and start fresh using modern technology, modern engineering to build a building on this site."