Groff Elementary Construction Updates
Planning Principal - Nikki Mackey
June 2020 – Press Release
Moses Lake School District Breaks Ground on Groff Elementary
Construction begins for completion by Fall 2021
Proud School Name
Vicki I. Groff Elementary is named in honor of Vicki Groff, the ultimate example of a servant leader with over 30 years of volunteer service to the Moses Lake School District.
About Moses Lake School District
October 2019 – Press Release
New school in growing residential area sets precedent for intentional design
Intentional school location serves a growing residential area
Thoughtful school design maximizes space to meet a range of student needs
Separate gymnasium, cafeteria, and auditorium mean simultaneous activities for students before and after school - allowing for maximum flexibility in how space is used. For example, a group of students can be eating lunch, while another group is having a music class and another group is in PE. The spaces can also be combined for larger school and community events as needed.
Groff Elementary will also see better security and safety for students. A new security vestibule will lock after students enter in the morning and will remain locked throughout the school day, requiring visitors to be buzzed in before checking in at the administration suite.
“This prototype design is informed by research into national trends and what students need from a space to be their most successful in school,” says Cameron Golightly of Design West Architects. Additionally, Groff Elementary will be the first elementary school in the Moses Lake School District designed and developed to meet requirements for both highly functional learning spaces and low construction costs. The Board of Directors established a target construction rate to be well below the local averages in order to protect taxpayer resources while still providing the best facilities for our students.
Creating a vision for future elementary schools
The Groff Elementary design establishes a turnkey solution for future elementary schools in the district. The design is also flexible and can be scaled for different population sizes or needs at each school. As new school bonds are passed, new elementary schools will be built on existing school sites adjacent to the current buildings utilizing this prototype design.
“This design is going to serve our community for years to come, providing our young students with a place to learn that is practical, highly functional and meets our elementary program needs. Over the past 18 months we have been actively working with expert partners internally and externally to ensure the schools we design and construct provide the most functional learning spaces and environments while being fiscally responsible.” says Dr. Joshua Meek, Superintendent of Moses Lake School District.
Proud School Name
Groff Elementary will serve as a legacy to the long and generous commitment given by Mrs. Groff. In Dr. Meek’s words, “Groff Elementary is the perfect school name for our newest elementary school. Our schools are named after those who have received local or national prominence. It is impossible to think of the Moses Lake School District over the past three decades and not think of Vicki Groff.”