While many adults voiced their reactions to the approval of the new school bond issue in a close vote Tuesday evening, the aftermath of the event was also felt by students of the school, who will be using the new building when construction is hoped to be completed in the fall of 2003.
Zach Ploeger, a sixth-grade student at the elementary school, said he was looking forward to being able to play sports and take physical education classes in a new gym in the future.
"I think it's good because we will have a bigger gym to play in and have games in," Ploeger said. "It's also going to be good because we're going to have more classrooms, but the gym is one of the best things."
Fellow sixth-grade student Jeremiah Davis also thought the passage of the bond issue was a positive step, as the new school would eliminate the need for the white portable buildings currently located south of the elementary building.
"One of the best things with this is that there won't be any more portables so we don't go outside," Davis said. "I also hope we have longer lunches. Right now, we're kind of hurried and don't get too much time for lunch, so that would be good to have."
While some of the younger students did not understand all of the different factors involved with the bond issue, elementary principal Maxine Lampe said all of the pupils knew one thing: they were going to be getting a new school building soon.
"I think the students are aware that this is going to be good for them in the future," Lampe said. "It's going to be wonderful for our students to have classes in spaces where they should be in, and have enough room to provide all of the spaces for the different classes we have.
"I think they understand that they're going to have some more room to do different things," Lampe continued. "They're definitely aware of that."
The only drawback to the plan? Ploeger and Davis said they might be too old to be in the new structure when it does get completed, but said they're hopeful construction will be quick enough to allow them to spend at least one year in the addition.
"I'm not sure if our grade is going to get to be in the new building but I hope we do," Davis said. "I'd like to get a chance to be in the new building."