Thanks to the generous support of LPS voters, construction is underway on the new Dr. Justina Ford Elementary School to serve the southeast corner of the district (on the previous Ames Facility campus). This new neighborhood school will serve an area of LPS where many young families are buying homes and where current students must be bussed out of their neighborhood to other LPS elementary schools. The new elementary school will serve these students in their own neighborhood.
Dr. Justina Ford Elementary School will provide the appropriate space for small and large group instruction, creativity and innovation. It will include new playgrounds, playing fields and parking to serve the neighborhood. Dr. Justina Ford Elementary School is scheduled to open for the 2021–2022 school year.
(May 12, 2021) Concrete, asphalt, grading, irrigation, and landscaping work continue. Rubber surfacing for all playgrounds has been poured. Exterior masonry, metal panels, and roof punch list is scheduled. Site perimeter fence will begin soon, and neighbors have been contacted about this. Inside the school, work progresses on mechanical, IT, and plumbing systems. Flooring, final coats of paint, wood ceilings, and wainscot installations are progressing. Acoustic panels and markerboards are being installed. Millwork is being installed in the media center. The gym flooring has been installed; striping and sealing are in progress.
The construction of the new elementary school at Ames is a pivotal piece of the bond program, and it is important to get started right away. In order to place the new school, playgrounds, play fields and parking in the locations that best fit the neighborhood, the current Ames facility will be scraped to prepare the campus for new construction. Therefore, programs currently being served in the Ames Facility will be moving to their new location or to a temporary location until their new permanent home is ready.
All programs serving students will be relocated by June 2019:
Dr. Justina Ford Elementary Projected Grand Opening: Fall of 2021!