Dr. Justina Ford Elementary

Thanks to the generous support of LPS voters, work is underway to build a new elementary school to serve the southeast corner of the district on the current 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.

The new school will naturally solve some of the district’s attendance boundary and transportation issues. It 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.

Drone Flyover February 5, 2021

Interior Photos


(January 13, 2021) Masonry is complete. Metal panels are complete down to the last radius wall and some miscellaneous areas around windows. Courtyard and building perimeter sidewalk is in progress. Work on the elevator is in progress. Drywall installation and finishing, paint, ceiling grid, and ceramic tile are all in progress. The mascot has been finalized and will appear on the gym floor and on a wall in the main office.

(July 28, 2020) Construction began in spring 2020. Underground electrical and plumbing work, site grading, first floor foundations and concrete slabs, masonry, and steel work are all progressing. Site infrastructure, including water and stormwater systems, will be starting soon, and procurement of materials is on schedule.


Architect's Fly-Through of the New Elementary School

November 2018 - January 2019

  • Take inventory of all functions of the Ames Campus and determine a plan for relocating programs currently housed in Ames
  • Select architect and engineering firms for the new elementary school on the current Ames Facility campus
  • Survey the Ames property

February 2019 - Summer 2019

  • Prepare Highland Elementary campus to serve The Village Preschool at Ames 
  • Conduct environmental surveys
  • Request qualifications for Construction Manager General Contractor
  • Begin design development of new elementary school

June 2019 - August 2019

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:

  • The Village for Early Childhood Education at Ames will move to its new home at Highland Elementary School at the end of the 2018-2019 school year to serve students there beginning August 2019
  • The LPS Career and Technical Education programs at Ames will move at the end of this current school year to temporary locations (details coming soon)
  • Office space at Ames for staff members serving multiple schools and programs across the district will move at the end of the 2018-2019 school year to temporary locations (details coming soon)
  • Professional Development at Ames for LPS staff will take place in other LPS schools and/or in community spaces beginning June 2019 

Appropriate abatement activities will begin on the Ames Campus in preparation for future demolition of the current Ames Facility.

August 2019 - March 2020

  • Demolition of current Ames Facility

Spring 2020 - August 2021

  • Construction of new elementary school on Ames Campus
  • Construction of parking lots, fields and playgrounds

Justina Ford Elementary Projected Grand Opening:  Fall of 2021!