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Serve Daily - - FOSTERING INNOVATION - By Lana Hiskey

Nebo School Dis­trict will be open­ing its 41st school this fall: Maple Ridge El­e­men­tary, lo­cated at 2340 W. Har­vest Park­way in Maple­ton. The rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony will be held on Tues­day, Aug. 18, at 10 a.m. Prin­ci­pal Sara Bird Matis will wel­come stu­dents, par­ents and teach­ers. Nebo Su­per­in­ten­dent Rick Nielsen will in­tro­duce all the in­di­vid­u­als that made the build­ing pos­si­ble.

Nielsen said, “With­out the sup­port of our own com­mu­nity and tax­pay­ers, this new school would not be pos­si­ble. We want our pa­trons to know how grate­ful we are for their sup­port to be able to pro­vide a beau­ti­ful build­ing to con­tinue stu­dent learn­ing. Nebo’s fo­cus con­tin­ues to be on stu­dents.”

Maple Ridge El­e­men­tary’s mas­cot, the moun­tain lion, was ap­proved by the Nebo School Dis­trict Board of Ed­u­ca­tion af­ter a Google fo­rum was pro­vided for staff and par­ent in­put.

Matis said, “We have ex­cel­lent ed­u­ca­tors from through­out the dis­trict that are join­ing to­gether to build a won­der­ful ed­u­ca­tional en­vi­ron­ment, shar­ing the best prac­tices from all the schools where they have been.”

Maple Ridge will em­ployee ap­prox­i­mately 30 teach­ers and staff and ex­pects ap­prox­i­mately 525 stu­dents to start the 2015-2016 school year. The school build­ing con­sists of the fol­low­ing: - At­las Brick and steel struc­tured - 12 acre site - 7 acres play field - 3 play­ground pits - 86,000 square feet of build­ing floor space - 31 class­rooms - 3 re­source class­rooms - 2 com­puter class­rooms - 1 me­dia cen­ter - 1 Bears’ Den - 1 multi-pur­pose room with stage - 1 ad­min­is­tra­tion area - 1 fac­ulty work room - 1 fac­ulty room - 1 preschool unit The ar­chi­tect and ma­jor con­trac­tors con­sist of Kevin Mad­son, ar­chi­tect; Steve Griffiths, elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer; Mitch Tra­vort and David Woods, me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neers; Jay Adams, Dy­namic Struc­tures; and Stan and Chris Houghton, Rod Tucker and Darin Farnsworth, West­land Con­struc­tion.

Nebo School Dis­trict wel­comes all area stu­dents to the new Maple Ridge El­e­men­tary un­der the di­rec­tion of Sara Bird Matis with amaz­ing teach­ers and staff. If you have any ques­tions, feel free to call the school di­rectly at 801-489-1800.

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