Innovative Hillsdale Elementary School Celebrated at Ribbon Cutting
September 13, 2016 – Staff and students of Hillsdale Elementary School welcomed community and school district leaders to their unique joint-use campus yesterday for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The construction of this campus was funded by School Bond 2015, and relieves overcrowding at Mary McPherson Elementary and Siena Elementary.
“When the Hill family donated this land to West Ada School District, we saw an opportunity to set it apart from other schools historically. Lila Hill works tirelessly at the Meridian Historical Society, and she gave us great information about the original Hillsdale Common School her husband and other family members once attended,” Chief Communication Officer Eric Exline explained. “Their gift of this land has helped shape the direction of future school projects.”
The Hillsdale campus is an innovative joint-use facility, operating on the same land as a public park, YMCA branch and Meridian Library District branch. While these facilities benefit the entire south Meridian community, student safety is a priority. Hillsdale will have private access to a YMCA gymnasium during the school day, and will have a portion of the library to themselves as well. These spaces will open up after school hours for community use.
“This campus is a unique venture, one we are proud our students and community have the opportunity to be part of,” Superintendent Dr. Mary Ann Ranells shared. “Children throughout our district will benefit from the resources at Hillsdale. Our community continues to grow so the space and programs are needed.”
This is one of three schools West Ada has named after the Common Schools which once served children in the district. Hillsdale was named after a one-room school house which served this area prior to the creation of Joint School District Number 2 in 1950. A photo of this Hillsdale Common School was given as a gift by Marty Hill to the new campus. Victory Middle School and Willow Creek Elementary are also named after their historical predecessors.