Big Move almost complete
By Becky Brooks
Hundreds of volunteers turned out at schools throughout the Bellevue City School District early Friday morning.
For some school district members the “big move” from old to new buildings began at 6 a.m. with cleaning out Ellis School.
Superintendent Kim Schubert was lugging boxes like everyone else during moving day.
“It’s wonderful. We couldn’t have done this without all our volunteers from the community,” she said late morning standing at the base of the second floor stairway in the new elementary building. A line of volunteers stood on each step waiting to hand boxes from the first floor to the third floor in that building.
Schubert said she was with the small group that packed up Ellis boxes and then moved on to Ridge Elementary.
The majority of the over 200 volunteers turned out between 8 and 9 a.m. and went to York, Ridge and the middle school.
As moving trucks were filled, the volunteers followed them to the new buildings on Northwest and Ohio 269 to unload in mass and take boxes to the correct floors and classrooms.
Volunteers came from The Bellevue Hospital, Fish and Loaves, the Committee to Grow Bellevue and civic groups as well as the schools.
The workers had all the boxes and small equipment relocated by shortly after noon and were treated with a lunch at BAF by 12:30 p.m.
Bellevue City Councilman Ron Smith was one of the workers. He was volunteering with Fish and Loaves. “We thought we would give back to them,” he said about the group from the food pantry. Smith, donning a Fish and Loaves shirt, said it was his first time in the new elementary building. “This is something else … beautiful facility.”
In the new middle school, teacher Jennifer Baltzell was moving boxes like the other volunteers. “It is beautiful and its smells great,” she said about the new building where she will have her science class.
A mom who volunteered Friday morning to move boxes into the new middle school had a tag along.
Tamra Hay brought her daughter, Gracie, who will be a sixth grader.
Hay said she wanted to help out.
“And it’s nice for the community,” she added.
Her daughter, who had been a York School student, pointed out they volunteered so she could see what her new school would look like.
“It’s beautiful,” both commented.
Gracie added, “The locker space is good too.”