EWA breaks “ground” on $8 million renovation project
Muncie, Ind. – Students, faculty and school board members all took turns today taking a swing at a temporary wall inside East Washington Academy signifying the start of an $8 million facelift for the school that first opened in 1972. The project’s purpose is to provide a better learning environment by adding walls, doors and other items to Muncie’s first “open concept” school.
“The time for open concept schools has come and gone,” Muncie Community Schools Director of Public Education and CEO Dr. Lee Ann Kwiatkowski said. “We need enclosed classrooms for focused learning, safety and security. Our teachers are really looking forward to this change.”
The renovation will also include an upgraded HVAC unit for better air quality. The project is being funded through federal ESSER dollars and will officially begin in December when students begin their holiday break.
“We can’t wait to add a little more privacy for our teachers,” EWA Principal Sarah Anglin said. “It can be really hard for students to concentrate on their lessons when other classes are walking by and other activities are taking place in the same area.”
The project will be done in phases moving some students into temporary classrooms while their permanent rooms are being renovated. Anglin says the inconvenience will be worth it in the long run.
“We’ll be eager to start next school year in a renovated space,” she said. “I appreciate the MCS board members and everyone else who has helped to make these improvements a reality for our students.”
Once the EWA project is complete, MCS plans to begin a similar project at South View Elementary, another “open concept” school. That renovation is slated to begin in December, 2022.
About Muncie Community Schools
Serving the local community since 1855, Muncie Community Schools (MCS) educates more than 5,000 students at six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school while also managing several other educational facilities. Through its unique partnership with Ball State University, MCS strives to maximize each student’s potential so he or she can be a positive, productive member of society. Find out more about MCS or Director of Public Education and CEO Lee Ann Kwiatkowski at muncieschools.org.