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Creative thinking

to save school

Thumbs up to the Fairfax City Council for offering the GFW (Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop) Board of Education no-charge utilities for the Fairfax school if the board decides not to close it this fall. In addition, the city council approved a resolution to assist local donation efforts to buy new playground equipment at the school, should the school board decide to convert the school to house kindergarten through sixth graders. The Fairfax school has a number of amenities including a newer, large sunken gym, industrial arts areas and other things including lots of space outside the school.

St. Paul’s expansion will benefit generations

Congratulations to St. Paul’s Lutheran Elementary School on the building expansion. The $6.7 million expansion and renovation project will provide new education opportunities to generations starting with pre-school students. The expansion included new paint, carpeting, windows, ceilings, new LED lights, an interior sprinkling system, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades, additional secure doors, handicapped-accessible lavatories, renovated kitchen, pre-school classrooms, a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lab, and art lab. The construction project began in April 2019 and concluded before Christmas. Students were able to enter the new space on January 6 and the school was unveiled to the public during an open house last Sunday.