A peek inside: Indian Hills opens with new space as work continues

Students already have access to new classroom and computer space.

Anyone who drives past Indian Hills Middle School at 63rd and Mission can tell a lot of construction still needs to be completed, but when school started in August significant changes on the inside of the building greeted returning students.

Among the improvements are a new library, offices, conference rooms and orchestra room plus a new cafeteria in the old MPR space with a new MPR in the bump out. The old library space has been carved into four classrooms plus offices and there are new lockers.The office expansion included additional space for the nurse’s and school resource officer.

All of the new elements on the inside had to be completed before students returned to school. The construction work continues on other additions that are scheduled to be ready second semester, including an auxiliary gym, stage, two computer labs, and a computer classroom, a fitness room, new bathrooms and lockers. That construction is not in areas accessed by students this semester.

Over the summer the existing classrooms and bathrooms will get a total remodel and new lockers and foods class area will be added.

School opened on time this year for the school’s 754 students, but it was close. With the exception of some furniture yet to arrive, the new space is in use. Principal Carla Allen describes it as “like extreme home makeover on steroids.” The expansion was begun after Mission Valley Middle School was closed and merged into Indian Hills.

Students using the new Indian Hills library have lots of natural light in the reading nook.
Cafeteria manager Wilma Richards has lots of new space and serving equipment to work with.
Student Resource Officer Adam Taylor also gets new space in the offices.