One week before the school doors open for the first time, a grand opening ceremony was held Wednesday for the newly constructed MacArthur Elementary School on Fort Leavenworth.

Tyler Fowler, principal at MacArthur Elementary School, cut the ceremonial ribbon as state officials, school board members, school patrons and students looked on.

Keith Mispagel, superintendent of Fort Leavenworth USD 207, said the opening of the new $35.5 million school will accommodate about 550 students in pre-K through sixth grade.

Several dignitaries were on hand for the proceedings, including Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, ret. Lt. Gen. Robert Arter and Col. Andy Shoffner, garrison commander on Fort Leavenworth.

A large crowd of school patrons and representatives from Fort Leavenworth attended the event, which was held in the spacious vestibule at the front entrance of the school.

Visitors took self-guided tours after the ceremony, many stopping to take photos of classrooms, the auditorium and the fish pond inside the school.

In October 2010, the Fort Leavenworth Board of Education voted to build a new school for the current MacArthur Elementary School. Work began in August 2013.

The building was completed in November 2015. Interior and exterior design work was recently completed.

The new school has 40 grade-level classrooms, two computer labs, an auditorium, cafeteria, gymnasium, library, an art center and science rooms.

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