Construction: Building a Bright Future
District 2 opened two new additions to its K-5
schools in August 2012 that were built with student collaboration and technology as the
centerpiece of design.
The Tioga School addition houses pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 1st,
4th and 5th grades. 2nd and 3rd grades are housed in the original
school. A second phase is expected to break ground in spring 2013. When
completed in August 2014, 2nd and 3rd grade will be moved to the new
addition and the original Tioga School will be demolished.
W.A. Johnson School
the 2012-13 school year opened with students attending school in the new
addition to Johnson School while renovation continued on the original
building. In January 2013, the renovated building was opened to students
of Mohawk School. Mohawk School will operate as a school within a
school for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year. Next school year
the two schools will merge into one.
Both new buildings follow a similar design and have the following features:
See the Tioga School photo gallery
See the W.A. Johnson School photo gallery
|Design and Technology Highlights
- Design elements that provide flexibility, adaptability and variety.
- Provides opportunities for 21st century learning through team
teaching, peer tutoring, cooperative learning, and project-based
learning with flex spaces for each classroom and for each group of five
or six classrooms.
- Appropriate aspects of a high-efficiency building design such as
daylight harvesting controls – dimming lights when sun is bright,
occupancy sensors that turn lights off when room is vacant and state of
the art heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
- Adequate natural light in all classrooms and learning areas.
- Design allows for community access to gym, cafeteria and learning
centers after the school day. Johnson also includes a community room off
the cafeteria that will be available to the community.
- High-speed internet and wireless system that will allow for
multiple, mobile users capable of streaming video throughout the
- New phone system with phones and voicemail for every classroom.
- New projectors with Apple TV, which allows easy broadcasting and student collaboration from iPads.
- New entries allow staff to view visitors before being buzzed inside.
- All classroom windows have specialized one-way blinds that allow
for staff and students to see the outside but anyone on the outside
cannot see in. These shades will be drawn in any emergency.