Construction: Building a Bright Future
W.A. Johnson School opens as a new school in August 2013, merging the old Mohawk School population and the W.A. Johnson population in a new school. District 2 opened two new additions to its K-5 schools in August 2012 that were built with student collaboration and technology as the centerpiece of design.
The Tioga School addition houses pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 1st, 4th and 5th grades. 2nd and 3rd grades are housed in the original school.
A second phase broke ground in spring 2013. When completed in August 2014, 2nd and 3rd grade will be moved to the new addition and the original Tioga School will be demolished.
W.A. Johnson School
August 15, 2013 marks the opening of the newly renovated and expanded Johnson School, combining the school communities of Mohawk and Johnson. A building dedication is set for August 28, 2013 at 9 a.m.
The 2012-13 school year opened with students attending school in the new addition to Johnson School while renovation continued on the original building.
In January 2013, the renovated building was opened to students of Mohawk School. Mohawk School will operate as a school within a school for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year.
Both Tioga and Johnson follow a similar design and have the following features:
Design and Technology Highlights
- Design elements that provide flexibility, adaptability and variety.
- Provides opportunities for 21st century learning through team teaching, peer tutoring, cooperative learning, and project-based learning with flex spaces for each classroom and for each group of five or six classrooms.
- Appropriate aspects of a high-efficiency building design such as daylight harvesting controls – dimming lights when sun is bright, occupancy sensors that turn lights off when room is vacant and state of the art heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
- Adequate natural light in all classrooms and learning areas.
- Design allows for community access to gym, cafeteria and learning centers after the school day. Johnson also includes a community room off the cafeteria that will be available to the community.
- High-speed internet and wireless system that will allow for multiple, mobile users capable of streaming video throughout the buildings.
- New phone system with phones and voicemail for every classroom.
- New projectors with Apple TV, which allows easy broadcasting and student collaboration from iPads.
- New entries allow staff to view visitors before being buzzed inside.
- All classroom windows have specialized one-way blinds that allow for staff and students to see the outside but anyone on the outside cannot see in. These shades will be drawn in any emergency.