Living in the neighborhood surrounding Fisher Elementary School, Jim and Marilyn Beard saw the $6 million renovation and addition project unfold from outside of the facility.
Sunday was their chance to take a look inside the recently-completed construction work as Fisher hosted a public open house.
"I think it's wonderful," Marilyn Beard said.
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Jim and Marilyn Beard look through one of the new classrooms at Fisher Elementary School during an open house held Sunday afternoon.
Her husband seemed to be particularly impressed with the classrooms.
"I think all the classrooms look really good," Jim Beard said.
Fisher Principal Vicki Vopava and Marshalltown Superintendent Marvin Wade greeted guests to the open house outside the front doors at the school. Several Fisher staff members were on hand throughout the school to talk about the new space and answer questions from guests. Vopava was happy to hear the stories of former Fisher students and teachers who came back to the school Sunday.
"I'm very, very excited," Vopava said. "We are very proud of this building and it's a lot of fun to share it with the community."
The project included new classrooms, offices and a new gym, as well as renovation work for classrooms and offices and other space.
Vopava said for the most part everything was up and running on the project when school started in August, with just a few minor things being wrapped up.
Dennis Mick attended the open house with his wife, Dianna Mick. He said he was a student in the 1960s at Fisher school.
"It's about four times bigger than when I was here," he said. "This is pretty nice. I'm glad to see they put our money to good use."