The Hillcrest Elementary School site will see students for one more year.
Cascade Elementary School, formerly at 160 N. 800 East in Orem, will relocate to 651 E. 1400 South for the 2019-20 school year as the Cascade Elementary School building is rebuilt on the 800 East site.
“It has been a lot of hard work, it has been hectic and it has been a learning curve,” said Boyce Campbell, the principal of Cascade Elementary School.
Cascade Elementary School’s items have been moved into the former Hillcrest Elementary School building. Signage on the building has been changed to say Cascade Elementary School.
Hillcrest Elementary School is being consolidated with Scera Park Elementary School starting in the fall, with students from both schools attending Centennial Elementary School, a new building which is being constructed on the Scera Park Elementary School site.
Cascade Elementary School held a drive to collect boxes, and multiple people have done Eagle Scout projects to help organize and pack boxes. Additional community groups are expected to help clean the Hillcrest site before it is deep cleaned.
“We have had a lot of community support,” Campbell said.
Cascade Elementary School is anticipated to remain at the Hillcrest site for an academic year before moving into the new school at its former site.
The old Cascade Elementary School is being demolished in a few weeks after it undergoes asbestos abatement. A separate gym made in the 1990s will be demolished on Monday.
Campbell said Cascade Elementary School’s enrollment is two and a half times the size of what Hillcrest Elementary School had, which has led to some adjustments while moving in.
“We had to play Tetris with the furniture and move to different rooms,” Campbell said.
The new school was under construction while school was still in session at the old site. After experiencing the unsettling feeling of sharing the school with a construction zone, Campbell said he’s glad to be at the temporary site.
“Just the noise and distraction of possibly having students in the construction zone is unnerving,” Campbell said.
He said he grew emotional while walking through the old site and thinking about what has happened there.
The Hillcrest site has white walls, big windows and a lot of light in the hallways, which is different from the old Cascade site.
“It was very dark and had dark brick walls and no windows,” Campbell said. “The only windows were the doors.”
Shorter days were scheduled for the end of the school year to give teachers the opportunity to pack up their classrooms. Students were also able to write messages on the floor during the last day of school.
The school had its big farewell to the old school when it celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, according to Nalani Young, who was the PTA president for the 2018-19 school year. The celebrations included an open house, where the school dug out old yearbooks and invited in former teachers and administrators.
Many students were able to walk to the school at the old location. They will all be bused to the temporary location two miles from the old school — something Young’s own students are excited about.
“The whole bus situation is exciting for them because the bus is associated with going someplace fun,” Young said.