PIMA — The public got its first look at Pima’s newest school building Saturday.
The public was invited to tour the new elementary school building and the Graham County Chamber of Commerce celebrated with a ribbon-cutting.
The new building was a necessity due to Pima’s growth over the past few years.
“It means we can reduce class sizes and we can provide a better quality of education for all of our students,” Pima School Superintendent Sean Rickert said.
The new 13-classroom building will house kindergarten through second grade, and the six classrooms currently serving those grades will be converted into classrooms for the high school, including two into large-sized science rooms.
“We’re growing the whole district,” Rickert said. “That’s going to enable us to offer a better quality of science classes for the high school kids; it’s going to enable us to offer a better quality second-grade experience for a second grade kid. And that’s our goal.
Pima Schools experienced 3 percent growth in student population between 2014 and 2018, jumping to 14 percent growth the next year.