Midvale Elementary addition gives students, teachers a space of their own

The Midvale Mustangs have a few new corrals, so to speak, now that a $1 million expansion at Midvale Elementary has been completed.

Four classrooms were added to the 4-year-old school, located at 7830 Chapel St., to address high enrollment numbers.

Midvale Elementary Principal Chip Watts says there’s been a marked change in the attitude of the students in the month since the school’s fourth-grade and Dual Language Immersion program moved from portable classrooms to classrooms inside the building.

“I think the best feedback I have received from the students is that they feel like part of the school now,” Watts said in a prepared statement. “When they were in the portables, they felt like they were separate from the rest of the school. Teachers say they have noted a sense of community, and the feeling in the class has improved by being a part of the school.”

Watts said the addition, the first construction project completed with funds from a $250 million bond approved by voters in spring 2010, makes it easier for the students to access the lunchroom, restrooms and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) classes that are part of the elementary school’s curriculum.