|Updated: 8/22 5:47 pm
||Published: 8/22 11:47 am
Six new schools opened in Broken Arrow on Thursday morning. FOX23 was there as parents dropped off students at Aspen Creek Elementary School.
“It’s a new beginning and we are so excited about the facility,” said Larry Smith, Principal of Aspen Creek Elementary.
Aspen Creek Elementary serves students in grades K-5 and replaces Indian Springs Elementary.
Indian Springs Elementary was nearly all portable buildings, so for many of the teachers and students, this will be the first year they attend class in a permanent facility that doesn’t sit in a flood plain.
Kayce Westman told FOX23 that she spent 15 years teaching in a portable classroom at Indian Springs. She said that inclement weather, space and storage were always issues for educators at that location.
“In a pre-fab we felt like we were sardines and we were crammed in,” said Westman.
This year will be different for her.
She says her new 1st grade classroom at Aspen Elementary is double the size of her old classroom.
“I’m just in awe of the space,” said Westman.
Parents told FOX23 that they were impressed with the new facility and all of the new upgrades.
“It's state of the art and everything is just perfect,” said mother of an Aspen Creek 1st grader, Angie Zimmer.
Aspen Creek Early Childhood Center is also located on the campus at 2800 West Florence.